A community enterprise bringing the walled garden back to life

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In Winter 2017 Growing Sudley were accepted onto the Bright Ideas social enterprise development scheme from Power To Change. The group were given a mentor who advised on the business plan and provided assistance around setting up the social enterprise and developing an accountable and compliant governance structure.

The CIC has been developed and is managed almost exclusively by volunteers, assisted as funds allow by a team of practitioners and volunteers. It is governed by a Board of Directors, who provide strategic direction and observe due diligence and compliance with the law. These are individuals from the community who were identified as having the skills and expertise to help guide the enterprise, enable it to deliver its social aims, and provide robust accountability. 

The CIC reports to the Friends group each month. As activities grow and this consumes more time within the meeting, it has been decided that a stakeholder group should be set up. This will be comprised of representatives of FOSE and local associations and groups with a stake in the walled garden area.

If your group or organisation is interested in becoming part of the stakeholder group, please contact us  

Su Stringfellow

Su has been involved in Growing Sudley since 2012 when she discovered it with her children. She helps coordinate the Outdoor Club and buys the marshmallows. A chartered architect with over 20 years experience, she co-runs her own RIBA Role Model practice based locally.

Designated Board Member for Health & Safety

Lucy Dossor

Lucy lives locally and has been involved with Growing Sudley since 2014 and runs our therapeutic gardening sessions. Following a career in Theatre, Film & TV, she is now mainly growing stuff, helping others to grow stuff, or brewing up the Kelly Kettle.

Designated Board Member for Data Protection & Acting Treasurer

Kate Collins

A Level 3 Forest School practitioner, Kate has been delivering activities in a range of settings for the last 5 yrs through her social enterprise, My Outdoor Classroom. In 2018 she won Echo Environmental Health Project of the Year. Kate has a degree in Zoology, and a passion for community and conservation.

Advisor on Forest School and Bushcraft

Wendi Bestman

Wendi is a freelance management consultant and personal development coach and mentor. She has a long professional history of enabling, advising and delivering for SMEs in the community and charity sector. She fulfils a number of supportive services to groups across South Liverpool.

Designated Board Member for Equality & Volunteering

Julie McCloughlin

Julie is Deputy Coordinator / Family Link Worker for South Liverpool Surestart Children’s Centres. She has a degree in Early Years and over 30 years experience working with families and young children. She has been responsible for delivering and developing several local nurseries in a managerial position.

Designated Board Member for Safeguarding

Pippa Sargent

Pip runs her own marketing and communications consultancy specialising in Public Health and marketing for social good. Her services include PR, social media, public affairs campaigns, market research, brand development and advertising.

Chair of Growing Sudley