Andover Trees United is a volunteer-led charity.

Whether given on an occasional or on a regular basis, all contributions are valued and no offer of help is too small. Support from paid officers is dependant entirely on grants and funding awards.

 
 
 

Volunteering Champions

Our Champions are regular volunteers who are collectively responsible for the practical work of caring for the wood and running the charity’s day-to-day and behind-the-scenes activities and are the essential work force of Andover Trees United.

Volunteering Champions, whose names appear in bold, meet fortnightly with Trustees to manage and plan workdays and events.

 

Linda Bagnall
Workday & Events Support

Naomi Bakes
Coppicing, Workday & Events Support

John Baxter
Video Production & Education Team

James Blyth
Youth Organisations Coordinator & Communications Team

Karen Coffin
Workday & Events Support

Graeme Davis
Butterfly Transect Coordinator

Joanna Dewfall
Data Management

Ruth Facey
Creatives Team

Luis Ferreira
Workday & Events Support

Terri Forbes
Workdays Leader & Events Support

 

Doreen Gregori
Workdays Leader, Events Support & Education Team

Annette Hobbs
Minutes meetings; Workday & Events Support

Carol Keable
Workday & Events Support

Tim Keenan
Coppicing & Woodland Management Team

Sarah Kennie
Workday & Events Support

Caroline Mekky
Workday & Events Support

Trevor Powell
Workdays Leader & Events Support

John Spencer
Workday & Events Support

Anna Taylor
PR & Publicity & Communications Team

Fiona Taylor
Andover Trees United Inbox & Communications Team

 

 

 
 

Graduate Intern

 

Alex Marshall

Alex is a BSc Zoology graduate with a love of art, science, travel and the natural world. She has always been fascinated with how and why living things and their environments interact. During her degree, she developed a keen interest in science communication, and is inspired by the responsibility that a communicator holds, whether that’s a journalist, a teacher, a film maker or an artist. 

Combining her scientific background and love of art, she would like to explore more creative and exciting ways of passing on important information about environmental issues to a wider audience. 

During Alex’s internship, she will gain experience in all aspects of the day-to-day work of ATU, with the aim of running her own project, as well as developing the charity’s communications and publicity.

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Project Leads

These are posts that we have been able to create, thanks to funding awards.

We are enormously grateful to the Ernest Cook Trust for current funding. It has allowed us to appoint an Outdoor Learning coordinator, part-time for a year, to develop and deliver:

  • environmental activities for the community

  • off-site visits for schools as part of ‘6 Trees & 6 Flowers’

  • programmes of work with a special focus on trees, woodlands and wildflowers.

As well as providing opportunities to children and young people of all ages and abilities, Becky is supporting teachers to increase curriculum-based outdoor learning. The impact of this work is currently being assessed with a view to building the role into all our schools-based projects.

 
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Becky McGugan
Outdoor Learning

Becky’s key responsibilities are:

  • To explore ways of connecting people of all ages to the natural world

  • To develop an in-depth relationship with our six core partner schools that delivers the key aims & objectives of 6 Trees & 6 Flowers Phase 1 Breaking Ground

  • To support teachers and contributing professionals to devise and deliver programmes of work at primary and secondary levels that meet the aims of the 6 Trees & 6 Flowers project

  • To coordinate the support of the volunteer team in relation to the 6 Trees & 6 Flowers project

  • To assess the use of Harmony Woods as a Field Study Centre.

Becky would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in using Harmony Woods as a teaching and learning resource. She can be contacted from our contact page.

This appointment has been made possible thanks to the Ernest Cook Trust.

 
 

Trustees

The Trustees, all of whom are local residents, are formally responsible for the ‘health’ of the charity, for the care of volunteers and for ensuring that the aims of Andover Trees United are met. They are accountable to the Charity Commission, to the membership and to the local community.

Become a Trustee

We are keen to hear from anyone, with or without previous experience, who would like to take on the role of Trustee. Please visit our Contact page.

 

Wendy Davis
Operations Manager & Schools

Wendy graduated in Education Studies and accumulated 30 years teaching experience, 10 years of which were spent developing learning outside the classroom and sustainable and environmental education programmes.

During this time, her work with students won awards from Growing Schools, Learning Through Landscapes, Year of Food and Farming, CPRE Hampshire and the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots ‘Mission Possible’ programme.

In 2011, she founded and now coordinates Andover Trees United. As UK coordinator for UN Environment Programme Plant-for-the-Planet, Wendy also helps 8-14 year-olds to train their peers as Climate Justice Ambassadors.

She loves singing and story-telling, world travel, spending time in and caring for the natural environment and sharing her passion for the natural world with anyone who will listen!

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Liz Scrace
Treasurer & Community

Liz’s interest in conservation and the environment and concern about the effects of climate change led her to become actively involved with Transition Town Andover and Andover Trees United from their inception.

Liz is a chartered accountant who, on moving to Andover in 1987, set up an accountancy practice which she continues to manage. She has experience as an independent examiner for several local charities and served as trustee for Hampshire and Islands Area Quaker Meeting.

Liz is married with three grown up children and among many interests she enjoys walking, singing and gardening.

Dan Lobb
Woodland Design

Dan originally studied Fine Art Sculpture, a catalyst for numerous installations and commissions, and in 2006 received an MA in Landscape Design from the respected Inchbald School of Design; followed by, in 2014, a post graduate diploma in Landscape Architecture from the University of Gloucestershire.  Since this time he has focused his creative energy on designing inspirational gardens and public spaces.

Dan is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers. He has exhibited at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and received a Gold Medal and the ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ award for his innovative ‘Landscape Obscured’ garden in 2011.

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Tim Rolt

Tim has worked in the software industry for most of his career, working extensively abroad, having originally gained a degree in Electrical Engineering. He has been interested in trees since childhood and became involved with Andover Trees United when he was County Councillor for Andover North.

He is married with three children and his interests include folk-singing, reading, foreign languages, history and walking.

 

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Phil Jennison

Phill has a long standing interest in the environment, particularly wildlife and its habitat.  He is also a Trustee of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Following a career working with a number of large commercial organisations, Phill has been lecturing at Winchester Business School on management and leadership topics.

Phill also invests time in helping charities and small businesses improve their governance and operational performance, through his involvement with both the Cranfield Trust, and Dormen, a Wessex mentoring organisation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Junior Branch

Our junior volunteers have trained at Plant-for-the-Planet Academies, graduating as young UN Climate Justice Ambassadors with an understanding of the importance of trees and tree planting and the role that they play in mitigating the climate crisis. They regularly give their time to raise funds, help at events and give talks.

If you would like to invite members of the Junior Branch to give a talk to your organisation, or if you have or know of land suitable for tree planting, please contact them here.

 
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Active members currently include:

Grace

Izzy

Nicola

Jess

Maylis

Megan