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I am, above all else,  a passionate gardener.  Sharing this delight for plants and the world of nature has become my life’s work.

I originally trained with a degree in Agriculture and Forestry and started work in the intensive agricultural industry (a case of ‘sleeping with the enemy' I suppose). Subsequently I have veered towards organic horticulture and the amazing things which happen in gardens.  I have been a food grower and allotmenteer for over 30 years, and worked in several community food growing projects.

I spent my gap year at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales, where I was first introduced to no-dig gardening, organics, raised beds, composting on a grand scale and other extraordinarily wacky ideas. A stint at ‘Naturewise’ in London opened my eyes to the world of Permaculture which has become a strong thread in everything I do, and the way I live. My own gardens are always decidedly on the ‘natural’ side. Adam Caplin writing in the The Telegraph dubbed me the ‘Wild Woman of Cricklewood’ when describing my garden in London!

  • B.A. Hons (Oxford) Agricultural and Forest Sciences
  • RHS General Certificate in Horticulture
  • PGCE in Adult Education
  • My experience includes teaching gardening and environmental studies at Capel Manor College, Stroud Valleys Project. Down to Earth CoOp(Stroud),  Farms for City Children and the Stroud Permaculture Design Course
  • Certifying teacher with the Permaculture Association

2011 brought me  a new challenge when we moved to a one acre smallholding just outside Stroud on a steep Cotswold slope. You can follow the progress on my blog at www.eathay.wordpress.com  . My garden at Tin Bath House is open by appointment, visitors welcome  - please Email