“ Stephen Mason- Greenspace Mangement- is a knowledgeable environmental consultant/educator that I had the pleasure of getting to know over three years through the London Sustainable Schools Forum. He is a brilliant presenter and an excellent educator. His creative projects were copied by many schools, including ones I consulted! I also had the opportunity to tour a school he worked with, with other teachers and his students. The school garden and other aspects of Sustainable Education had progressed quickly and impressively under Stephen’s watch. I’m sure any new topic he might approach he will do so with a thorough and considerate nature.
" Stephen is one of the most inspirational outdoor educators I have ever met - he really 'turns kids on' to the outdoors and the joys of food growing! He is hard working, fun and very creative. I can not recommend him to highly "
“ Fantastic overview of a sustainable community and the impact it can have on young children” Listening to Stephen's presentation for Greenspace Management was one of the most useful aspects of the day “
" Steve has been our ‘Thursday gardener’ at Tower Bridge Primary School for the past two years and has truly established himself as a popular, active member of our school community. His passion for the whole cycle of ‘seed to stomach’ is infectious and his expertise and ability to convey sophisticated scientific concepts about the natural world to children are inspiring. His sessions are always well-planned, interesting and practical and he is always happy to address the additional queries children raise. Steve is committed to ensuring the provision is appropriate for children of all ages and abilities and clearly loves planning activities to complement and enrich the curriculum. As a member of staff, it’s always a pleasure to see Steve on a Thursday morning but that’s nothing in comparison to the way classes of children react when it’s their turn to work with him "
“ Stephen designed our new community garden and offerred great supervison, on hand knowledge over the 2 days of planting and building organised to get the project started with 15 volunteers. Stephen was flexible with his design , hard working, very helpful, at ease with all volunteers, some having no gardening knowledge at all.
A great professional, offering value for money and happy to share his wealth of knowledge ”
“ The whole experience has been amazing from start to finish, the young people have had the opportunity to learn valuable practical skills that can be applied at home whilst having a truly exciting experience. Who gets the chance to learn how to build a compost bin and enjoy home grown nettles tea, we will be working with Greenspace Management again without a doubt”
” I would whole heartedly recommend Greenspace Management as thoroughly reliable, professional and creative landscape gardeners.
They had a cooperative approach to the assignment which made it a real pleasure to work with them on drawing up the initial plans and , later, changing them to take into account revised options”
" Stephen has worked for a while now across the primary and secondary departments of our inner city special needs school. His innovative approach to gardening and the use of the produce he has grown, has not only livened up our outside space, but has taught our pupils valuable environmental and horticultural lessons. Stephen works well with staff and students alike, including on some exciting cross-currucular enterprise projects "
" Stephen ran a brilliant gardening course for Newham Adult Learning Service in conjunction with Forest Gate Community Garden in The Spring term of 2015.
"I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Steve at Lauriston School for several years before I left to work at another school. Steve was a wonderful colleague and a real asset to the school. He is reliable, conscientious, adaptable and was always willing to support the pupils and staff in the school. He worked with the pupils in the garden but linked that work to other subjects and topics in a way that enthused children and adults alike, and was also responsible for making Lauriston a truly delightful environment to work in with his work on the planting boxes in the different playgrounds, and in the orchard which he established on an unused patch of ground.
As a class teacher, I was particularly impressed by Steve’s ability to listen to what topic I was working on with my class and find a way to teach my pupils something linked to the garden that was also relevant to the topic. Steve’s work with the pupils was productive, creative and I could always see the progress and learning the children made during his sessions. Additionally, his calm and inclusive manner with the pupils helped ensure that every pupil he worked with not only learnt something, but enjoyed learning and often discovered a new enthusiasm for learning.
I would not hesitate to recommend Steve as a colleague in any school or educational setting and I look forward to perhaps working with him again at some point in the future. I am now a class teacher at Ickburgh School, where I am using some of the knowledge and techniques I learnt from Steve with my new pupils, and am happy to be contacted if you require any further information.either on 07944 366547 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to have Stephen Mason as our horticultural tutor on the Organic Gardening Course. Week 6 into the course and the students – including myself – are loving Stephen's articulate delivery and generous teaching spirit.
Looking forward to getting outdoors to put some of our new knowledge into practice both in our personal gardens and in the Forest Gate Community Garden itself.
Would highly recommend Stephen as a tutor and as someone to work with on a community garden project or similar.
I have known Stephen Mason for many years and worked with him at Abney Park Cemetery with children from Daniel House Pupil Referral Unit.
Stephen showed an interest and comittment to reaching these, often very disaffected young people and had a good deal of succes in this.
Stephen used his people skills to bring out the best in the young people concerned.
His commitment to the environmental work he undertakes is passionate and i am sure Stephen will continue to give his wholehearted commitment to projects he is engaged in.
“ Stephen Mason maintained our school grounds for many years . I have found him to be a conscientious and reliable member of the school community, who has forged good links with children, parents and staff.
I have no hesitation in recommending him for work within a school environment :
“ Stephen Mason worked for us over six years at Abney Park Cemetery and made a valuable contribution to our environmental education,training and volunteer projects.
Stephen was always very reliable and punctual.
He took on a management role on different project elements with great ease, sharing his vast knowledge of horticulture and the natural environment with a wide range of abilities, backgrounds and ages."
For seven years Stephen was the school gardener at Lauriston School. During that time I worked with him as a parent volunteer. The garden evolved from six raised beds filled with sterile lifeless soil into a thriving vegetable and fruit garden which continues to brighten the lives of Lauriston children and introduce them to nature and gardening.
Stephen's many years of experience in horticulture and education was crucial to the continuing success of the garden which looked beautiful year round. We also converted some waste ground into a school orchard of several apple and plum trees with hedgerows, a chicken run and permaculture beds. Here once again his experience helped turn an idea into something real.
Over the years it was Stephen's greater horticultural knowledge and experience that help transform our enthusiasm for a school garden into something concrete that continues to thrive. Stephen had many excellent ideas for integrating the garden into the curriculum. He also ran Saturday workshops for parents. Many school gardens fail because they lack a consistent professional approach happily Lauriston's school garden continues to be an important part of school life.
Thank you so much for your help with getting our gardening project launched and sustained.
You are amazing with the children, calm, patient and full of knowledge.
Please come back and help keep our garden growing!
Woodgrange Infant school