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As conservation and learning/education officer at the 40 hectare estate containing the remains of Tudor Elsynge Palace, I hosted an archaeological excavation.

Dr Martin led a convivial group of archaeologists and volunteers on a summer excavation wher etemperatures soared as trenches revealed the floor tiles, wall foundations and artefacts from the Tudor era, inclu

Inspired by the stained glass depicting the heraldic achievements of members of the Parker Bowles Family, Forty Hall, Enfield, I proposed several wayfinding routes through the historic estate.


Something I’ve always wanted to learn, and specify in my landscape projects but never knew how- until I completed the beginners course at Forty Hall Farm. Thank you Kate for arranging this!

These draft sheets were created for teachers packs and interpretation downloads for native bird species. Many of the bird images were supplied royalty free by the expert and renown wildlife photographer Maurice Baker (thank you Maurice!).

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The Forty Hall Estate landscape restoration project reportedly attracted £1.8 million of investment from a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

I arrived onsite after the consultants and landscape designers had completed the planning stage as the contractors were about to break ground, and after the Hall itself had been repaired and refurbished through an earlier, generous HLF grant.

Regrettably, five years had elapsed since the public and onsite garden staff had been consulted about the landscape restoration proposal.

The role was to increase awareness and understanding of the local and onsite heritage and be a ‘face’ of the pre-planned restoration project: a job I would not recommend to my worst enemy.

From the surreal to the unbelievable, the down right vicious and ignorant to the plain nasty: I witnessed the petty-minded, party political game playing that has put me off local politics and Council politicians for life.

Add to that a resident unhinged animal rights protester, verbal and physical threats and the unwelcome advances of a certain stakeholder representative, I lasted just over a year before submitting my resignation.

Oh Enfield: who says the suburbs are dull !

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As conservation and learning officer at the the Forty Hall estate, I (co-)hosted and coordinated events such as the Big Draw, National Insect Week and a Children’s vegetable sculpture event inspired by Renaissance artist Arcimboldo, (with a bit of Mr. Potato head thrown in for good measure)
The intention was to engage children in local heritage, natural history and art. I thoroughly enjoyed each event, perhaps as much, if not more, than the attendees!

The walled kitchen garden at the Forty Hall Estate is arguably the best loved feature of the historic site, known to locals (who have visited the site since the Parker-Bowles family sold it to the local Council in the 1950’s) as the Rose Garden.

Despite vandalism, anti-social behaviour, sabotage, previous unsympathetic planting, the interment of human remains, unleashed dogs, grey squirrels, a skeleton staff and a free draining gravel soil, the garden continues to win Gold at the local ‘in bloom’ competitions!



Students from local secondary schools ran a programme of events at the Forty Hall Estate, London, and accompanied me to local primary schools where the secondary students aided the pupils in their vegetable garden in the creation of a wormery.

This one day event arose from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s restoration of the Forty Hall Estate, in order to promote an awareness and understanding of national and local heritage.

We created a number of heraldic achievements where children could pick and mix their own motto, shield, supporters and heraldic elements to represent themselves and say a thank you to garden and conservation volunteers. The created shields were laminated for outdoor display and a colour photocopy made for each child (which looked metallic through the reprographic process). The children exhibited their work in the walled kitchen garden as a free public exhibition.