Bringing his horticultural knowledge and experience to the group is Malcolm Berry, a.k.a. ‘The Dreaded Gardener’.
Malcolm has been working in professional horticulture for over 20 years, including seven spent in the double-walled garden at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Whilst studying for a teaching qualification, he began to explore his own ideas of producing crops on a small scale in a way that put Nature first, with an article published on these practices in the Winter 2016 RSPB members’ magazine. Many of these techniques will be incorporated into our work in the Hafod walled garden.
Bruce might have been one of the founders of the Hafod Walled Garden Group, but he is a newcomer to the area and also new to gardening. He has spent much of his life travelling the world, and has moved to back to the UK to connect to the isle of his birth and learn how to live more simply and sustainably.
Being part of this group, for me, is about being a part of a community dedicated to growing, teaching, learning and supporting each other. My main focus is to engage present and future generations in developing a stronger connection to our planet, food sources and nature. I look forward particularly to more families becoming members as I believe that intergenerational learning is a method that has many positives.
I have been interested in organic and natural lifestyle choices for many years. In particular holistic medicine and the medicinal benefits of plants has been a passion. Since becoming a member of the HWGG I have signed up to study a NIMH (National Institute of Medical Herbalists) accredited herbalist course with Heartwood and am looking forward to developing the apothecary elements of the garden.