Enabling and supporting people of all ages and backgrounds engage with the plants and the environment has been a passion & pleasure for over twenty years.

Delivering, developing and supporting education programmes for schools, universities, colleges and botanic gardens has formed a rewarding part of my career in horticulture. Study at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) highlighted the potential of education to engage and empower individuals to have a positive impact on the environment we live in with and a Masters Degree in Education for Sustainability further developing this connection. Work for the Eden Project, RBGE and Awaji Landscape Planning & Horticulture Academy in Japan and establishing the Growing Devon Schools Partnership has given extensive experience in this field.

Rupert’s research and programme mapping work will help to further develop our programmes in the fields of sustainability and horticulture. We would happily recommend him for similar work.

Gus Grand
Eden Project (Policy Director)

Specialising in:

Programme development: Initiating and establishing programmes from schools to university degrees in horticulture, food & sustainability.

Delivery & management: Running and overseeing education programmes to ensure maximum learning potential and opportunity.

Support: Widening and maximising opportunities for learning through the use of technologies including webinars and on-line learning.

Nelson Mandela  said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world‘. However, the education we deliver must be engaging, challenging and long lasting to make a real difference. Through work with groups and individuals of all ages I endeavour to bring about change through the principles of engagement, empowerment and ownership, the pillars of Education for Sustainability.

It is through parks and gardens where most people in modern societies now interact with the outdoor environment. If we can promote engagement and awareness of this environment and the part it plays in our everyday lives then maybe we will learn to value and respect it more and spend more time interacting with it and the people that look after it.