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Alan Bell
Alan Bell

Alan has been involved with Trellis since 2002. He has worked at the National Trust for Scotland’s Culzean Castle and in the gardens at Holyrood Palace. In the late 80’s he worked as an advisor for the Society for Horticultural Therapy, based in Somerset but assisting projects across the UK. He went on to set up the organisation’s Scottish office, which later became Community Gardening Projects Scotland. After a period teaching abroad, Alan worked in community regeneration, specifically on environmental projects. He is currently Parks & Gardens Manager for City of Edinburgh Council.


Alex Davidson
Alex Davidson

BA Hons. Alex works part time for ‘includeME!’ the Citizen Advocacy service for North East Fife for adults with learning disabilities.   The rest of her time is spent in outdoor environmental education: as advisor/trainer for schools with Grounds for Learning – the Scottish Charity that supports schools in developing their grounds - and teacher at St Andrews Botanic Garden.

Alex has worked for many years as an environmental educator, in countryside management, and in linking food producers with consumers. Before moving to Scotland she worked as Network Co-ordinator, then Regional Manager for Thrive (the Horticultural Therapy Charity based in England).


John Davidson
John Davidson

MEd., HND Hort., MI Hort., LCGI., Dip Couple Counselling, Dip Young Persons Counselling, Counselling Society (Accred)., MBACP, MCOSCA. John has worked in various horticultural jobs and roles such as Parks Departments in London, Edinburgh and Perth. As well as working in Holyrood Palace Garden and private service, John has also worked in the FE sector and was a Lecturer for over a decade. Whilst working with students who had specific needs John developed his counselling skills. John is currently a Manager for Couple Counsellor Tayside and a volunteer Counsellor. John has also used horticultural therapy with the long term unemployed and those experiencing life difficulties when he worked in the Private sector and in FE.

Currently completing studies for a Post Grad in Psychosexual Therapy, John is also a life member of Trellis and until recently co-chaired the Friends of the Nature Trail in Fife a horticultural and environmental local initiative to encourage biodiversity.


Iain Mackintosh
Iain Mackintosh

MA, BSc, FCMI, FIBC, MBCS. Based in Perth, Iain runs his own business providing line and project management services to corporate clients, plus business administration and website development services to smaller organisations.


Colin Stirling
Colin Stirling

FIHort, NDH (Hons), MBPR (Hort. Colin is a director of HortiCS, a horticultural advisory business, He was employed by SAC as the Senior Horticultural Advisor from 1988–2002 providing an advisory service to the north and east of Scotland. He is a director of Trellis and Chairman of Pitcaple Environment Project Ltd. The latter is a registered charity providing horticultural training facilities for special needs and disabled adults in the Inverurie area. He is a regular broadcaster on the BBC Potting Shed programme.


Gordon Croll
Gordon Croll

From an early age, gardening has been a major part of my life and I am extremely fortunate that it has provided me with a rewarding career. Since leaving school, I have studied horticulture at Elmwood and Dundee Colleges, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and I am currently Curriculum Manager for horticulture at Dundee College.

My passion for the subject, as well as passing on my enthusiasm has been possible in my 23 years at Dundee College. Among my many highlights are the numerous special gardening projects, which I have facilitated. We provide instruction in horticulture therapy in and out with the college. I have been linked with Trellis and its predecessor for over ten years.


Mike Buckley-Jones
Mike Buckley

Mike is a graduate of University of Paisley, with a BA in Business Admin & Entrepreneurship, as well as being a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and a Fellow of both CMI and ILM.

His career spans the insurance industry where he held a variety of roles, laterally as a senior manager for a major “blue chip” insurer and successfully led one of the company’s largest regions to a top performing position.

While there, he was involved in implementing the organisation’s Performance-Management and Investor’s in People strategies, as well as helping bring it through a challenging merger with another key industry player.

On leaving the insurance world, he worked as a training & business development consultant, working with a range of clients and sectors. His experience also includes the Further Education sector as Business Development manager for Perth College UHI and he is currently Development Director for Freshfrontiers Consulting as well as operating as a freelance L&D consultant.

Outside of the work environment, Mike is a passionate sea-kayaker, and enjoys theatre, film, cooking and reading.


John Smith
Mike Buckley

John Smith runs a horticultural education and advice consultancy company. He previously managed and lectured at Suntrap Garden and Lifelong Learning Centre near Edinburgh on behalf of Oatridge College who he worked with for 24 years. John’s interest in horticulture has seen him working on projects as diverse as the King’s Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Pallet Gardens at Gardening Scotland. Currently a council member with the Scottish Gardeners forum he piloted the first Grow and Learn award on behalf of the Caley (Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society) after working with groups of adults and children with learning difficulties at Suntrap Garden. Having developed an interest in horticultural therapy John gained a Diploma from Coventry University in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. Now semi retired, he continues to work with various schools, colleges, community groups and individuals to promote gardening and horticulture to as wide and varied an audience as possible.


David Knott
Currently the Curator Living Collection, RBGE. Previously Curator of Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Peebles, and Garden Supervisor at Logan Botanic Garden, Head Gardener Castle Kennedy Gardens, Assistant Head Gardener Brodick Castle Garden, spent a year at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania. Studied at Threave Gardens and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and started his career at Branklyn Garden Perth.
 
Involved in RBGE’s contribution to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) Target 8 project work in Scotland and has undertaken fieldwork in China, Japan, Korea, and Nepal the latter as part of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Darwin project in Nepal.
 
Member of the Plant Network Board, the RHS Bursaries Committee, the RHS Woody Plant Committee, the National Tree Collections of Scotland steering group, the UK Plant Collections Working Group and the Forestry Commission’s Westonbirt and Bedgebury Advisory Committee. Currently President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.
 

Aida Grier
Alex Davidson

Aida has very recently become involved with Trellis. She worked as a nurse and care home manager until she joined Perth College UHI as a lecturer. She is currently the Care Business manager, team leader and lecturer in social services and heath care.

Aida has a keen interest in therapeutic gardening and has worked with many individuals who have benefited physically and mentally from the benefits of the therapy. She hopes to support trellis and promote its benefits to those in need of its services.

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