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Green Futures Newton Abbot is a community-based initiative involving a network of local people who make a wide range of contributions to enable our projects to happen.

Meet our Project Co-ordinators :

Andrew Rothery  BSc. MSc.


I have a background in community environmental work and over the last 30 years I have managed projects within local government, the health service and the voluntary sector.

With a particular interest in the importance of local food resilience and our personal relationships with the natural world around us, I have always found that the most significant driver of individual and social change is the degree to which it brings happiness and a sense of wellbeing.

Sam Hibbert  BSc.


I have qualifications in Social Care and Medical Herbalism and worked in a wide range of business sectors in my 20’s. In my ‘30’s I became a mother and have been involved in a variety of community initiatives to support the education and wellbeing of children in nature. I have a strong interest in locally-sourced produce, botanical health remedies and horses.

Our Group Secretary :

Steve Tipping

I have always had a great love of nature and the outdoors having grown up in the countryside and then working on a small traditional farm as a young man in the early ‘70’s.


Being part of a small rural community has given me a strong appreciation and support for family and for groups and organisations that are dedicated to doing some good in the world. With a long career in roofing, I am pretty handy at most things practical and helped Green Futures with one of its first land management projects – a boundary fence at Vicay’s Fields in Newton Abbot. Alongside Green Futures I'm actively involved in my local bowls club and a keen gardener.

... and our Project Associates :


As a Gardener and fully qualified Ecotherapist, I have a passion for working outdoors; be it directly with the earth or therapeutically in the landscape.  Previously as a Public Artist I have worked with vulnerable people in prisons, hospitals and with youth groups. 


Throughout my work experiences I have developed a strong belief that the connection we have with our environment shapes our wellbeing, helping not just ourselves, but our community and planet.

If you would like to find out a bit more about us and our project partners, you can watch a short video by clicking on the image below.


We would like to thank all of our Volunteers, Supporters and Suppliers.


Chris, John, Melinda, Ollie, Slavka, Steve, Karen, Paul, Maddy, Lucy and Simon.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations:


A list of some great local suppliers:

(and one not so-local but very ethical supplier)

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