Nicky Scott (Director &  chair)

Nicky’s background is in art, theatre and music. He has studied organic horticulture and subsequently set up his own market garden. He has also taught composting and organic principles for several years and in 1992 set up a community composting project. Nicky currently coordinates the Devon Community Compost Network whose work is strongly involved with supporting schools in relation to establishing their own composting systems. He has written numerous articles and books on the subject of composting and organic growing.

Tessa Stone (Director)

Tessa is an escaped university academic who has run education charities for the last 14 years. In 2014 she moved to Devon and joined Farms for City Children (FFCC) as their Chief Executive, which has allowed her to combine her professional expertise in education and the third sector with her personal interest in all things environmental. She is keen to extend the educational reach of FFCC’s 3 farms back into schools, and support their engagement with outdoor learning on a day to day basis through the GDSP.

Jo Ridley

education co-ordinator at Embercombe and CEO of her own CIC – ‘wilder nature’ which has been deeply involved in Wilcombe school in Tiverton.


Jonty Williams (Director)

Jo Clark (Director)

Jo is head of land-based learning at Embercombe.

Darren Ellis (Director)

Ian Varndell (Treasurer)

Following a professional career as a University lecturer and founder of an international life sciences business, combined with experience of working with local and national charities, Ian ‘retired’ in 2010.  Following retirement he became Chairman of Devon Gardens Trust – a conservation charity with a key outdoor learning and growing cycle remit.

Melissa Harvey (Secretary)

Melissa works as the schools and community composting assistant for Devon Community Composting Network supporting schools to compost food and garden waste and use it as a resource for learning and growing food. She also grows vegetables and herbs at a market garden and designs edible gardens for schools and homes.