WHO ARE WE

DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
RASHID BENOY

Rashid is a passionate horticulturist with a love of nature. Alongside a breadth of experience gained in the horticulture industry, including work for the National Trust in their Cornish gardens, he has also worked and volunteered with charities where gardening is used as a therapy. He is currently involved with Black Mountains College where he is helping to develop their Regenerative Horticulture course, that he will also tutor.


HORTICULTURAL THERAPIST
JANICE POWELL

Before commencing work at Flora Cultura, Janice worked within the NHS as an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years.  Janice has gained a wealth of experience: working with children and young people; people with learning disabilities and autism; older people with physical and mental health conditions. Janice is an enthusiastic gardener and has always been interested in nature-based care, the therapeutic use of horticulture and the benefits it provides to peoples’ health and well-being, leading her to successfully complete an MSc in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.


CHAIR OF TRUSTEES
DR PAUL METCALF

Paul is a GP in Brecon, living close to Hay-on-Wye. He is a firm believer in holistic therapies and in the social, cultural and psychological benefits of social gardening.


TRUSTEE
ELIZABETH BINGHAM

Former primary school teacher in London, Elizabeth is a former Trustee of the National Gallery; former Secretary of the Mark Elie Dance school, the only black-led dance school in West London; and in Powys, Elizabeth raised and was responsible for a £70,000 grant from Heritage Lottery Wales to restore the only parish ‘Dead House’ in the Principality.


TRUSTEE
JAMES LUCKHURST

James is a self employed editor and communications consultant. Formerly a BBC world service journalist, he moved to Powys in 2014. He also volunteers as a special constable with Dyfed Powys Police.


TRUSTEE
SHÂN EGERTON

Shân has been County Organiser for the National Gardens Scheme, South Powys, for 21 years, and as a supporter of WRAGS – Work and Re-train as Gardeners Scheme – she has trained five women who went on to successful gardening careers.


GWERNYFED WALLED GARDEN

This historic garden was built c. 1870-1880 and has the third largest victorian greenhouse in Wales. The restoration has uncovered pineapple pits in front of the greenhouse. The potting sheds on the back of the greenhouse are being restored and a new extension of green oak frame and glass frontage will add a grand entrance to a kitchen and cafe area in a new enterprise as a wedding venue, plant and vegetable sales, site of vocational learning (Black Mountains College) and home to the charity, Flora Cultura.
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