Nigel Boldero – Convenor
Living in Norfolk for over 30 years, I am a keen gardener and have volunteered in various school and community gardening projects, as well as for the National Trust at Blickling Hall (pictured above). I’ve also been involved in garden and landscape design and had a great interest in creating ‘play landscapes’ with an emphasis on ‘natural play’.
I have thought for some time that there are some great green care projects going on around Norfolk, and how it would be good to help them connect and benefit form each others’ experiences, expertise and resources. That was my motivation for setting up the Network with co founder Carlyn Kilpatrick, back at the beginning of 2020.
Little did we know how the pandemic was going to affect us all and how appreciating the power of nature has come to the forefront- I’m committed to helping to keep it there as we return to ‘normality’.
My fingers are short and stumpy and finding gardening gloves to fit is a constant challenge!
Grace Kyne-Lilley – Deputy Convenor
Having never heard the term ‘Green Care’ until I met Nigel, I’ve been delighted to learn about the amazing projects and organisations in the area. Despite spending too much time behind my computer, I love gardening and plants and value the positive impact they have on us all. Being aware of the climate and biodiversity crises, some of my work is out of sense of duty also.
There is a lot I’m interested in, crossing therapeutic practices to art to greening cities (have you heard of Tiny Forests?). Having lived in the Netherlands for 6 years, I’m happy to be back on home ground again, getting stuck into my new allotment and orientating myself to these new green pastures.
Diana Clark – Communications Lead
My background is in teaching and outdoor education. I was a primary teacher for many years but have experience across all phases, indoors and outdoors, in the UK and abroad. I am a trained Forest School practitioner. Until recently I was Senior Outdoor Learning Lead at Holt Hall, delivering curriculum linked outdoor learning to young people and families. I am a member of the Institute of Outdoor Learning and the Aylsham Cluster Outdoor Learning Network (ACOLN). I am passionate about the benefits of quality outdoor learning and have an interest in the links between wellbeing and green/blue space.
The picture is me abseiling off a railway bridge above a river in Derbyshire at night. It was taken during the Hollowford Trust Outdoor Learning conference in spring 2020, just before the pandemic hit, and epitomizes much of what the outdoors means to me; freedom, friendship, surprise, overcoming challenges and fun.
Angela Makinson – Membership Lead
From working in technology for a global accounting firm to qualifying as a Counsellor working with carers, I moved to live on Sardinia for seven years in a culture where everyone had land, growing their own vegetables and eating with the seasons, making their own wine and picking figs fresh from the trees. A tremendous experience!
I moved to Norfolk when I returned to the UK and became a Parish Councillor very involved in community related issues, sustainability, green spaces and planning matters.
Dr Diane Davies – Treasurer
I started my career working in a bank, and continued in the accounts’ offices of various companies, before starting my own business in administration. Having left school at 15 with no qualifications, I studied for a degree with the Open University before obtaining a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire. I regularly volunteered with various charities and became involved in The Royal Institution’s Masterclass Programme, subsequently working full time at The Ri and becoming Clothworker’s Fellow in Mathematics, responsible for the Mathematics Programme and introducing Engineering and Computer Science Programmes.
I am the Trustee/Manager of the English Schools’ Orchestra, a charity offering opportunities in orchestral playing for the very best young orchestral players aged 13 to 18 around the UK, have been Treasurer for a Scout Group for over 30 years and am also Trustee and Treasurer for The Papillon Project, so have been involved with charities for most of my life. My hobbies are gardening and craft.