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  • “ 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.”

    Marilyn Schiller, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative - NYC- USA

    Marilyn Schiller
    Brooklyn Greenway Initiative - NYC- USA

  • “ I had Stephen Mason - Greenspace Management- recommended to me for the garden project I was leading on at the Academy.
    With his passion and knowledge for this area he was definitely the right man for the job. 
    Stephen designed and created our new school garden as well as delivering theoretical and practical sessions with students and staff. 
    Stephen has a way of understanding clients that makes him stand out from any other consultant I've worked with. 
    It is fair to say Stephen delivered above our expectations considering the limited amount of time, budget and vision we had. His reliability, honesty and dedication are to be noted and I look forward to working with him again in the near future. He was highly regarded by staff and students who all learnt valuable skills from working alongside him "
    Jessica Taylor
    PA to Principal Bethnal Green Academy, Gosset Street, London, E2 6NW 

  • ' I am a special needs classroom teacher and I wanted to involve my students in the development and maintenance of our new school garden. However, I did not have much gardening experience and was fortunate to have Stephen  - Greenspace Management -join my class for a term to share his expertise. He not only taught the students how to plant and care for our class garden but he also collaborated with me in planning meaningful environmental lessons that linked to our term focus. The students were working towards making a healthy meal for the entire school at end of term as a cafe enterprise project. Stephen helped us every step of the way from teaching us how to plant and grow mustard for our burger toppings to supporting us with food preparation on cafe day. The students also looked forward to Stephen joining our lessons and were drawn to his calm and flexible nature. I hope to work with him again in the near future as he is full of great ideas about how to turn gardening into a multitude of learning opportunities "

    Katie Guild
    SEN Educator/Consultant and Makaton Regional Tutor
  • " 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 " 


    Diane Fisher
    Project Manager, Community Worker, Consultant and Tutor
  • “ 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 “

    London Sustainable Schools Forum Event at London Zoo

    Sheila Bridge
    London Sustainable Schools Forum Event at London Zoo

  • " 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 "

    Nicola Izibili
    Deputy Head Teacher at Edmund Waller Primary School
  •  “ 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 ”

     
    Olvier Adam
    Director at Community Save It company
  •  “ 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” 

    Shelley Johnson 
     Respect Us Project Manager CSV Head Office
  • ” 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”

    John Lane,
    Hackney, London
  • " 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 "

    Francis Seán McDonald González
    Headteacher at Richard Cloudesley School
    http://www.cloudesley.islington.sch.uk
  • " Stephen ran a brilliant gardening course for Newham Adult Learning Service in conjunction with Forest Gate Community Garden in The Spring term of 2015. 

    14 of us, some who had been gardening for more years than we cared to admit, learned a great deal about all aspects of gardening. 
    Stephen's teaching style was informal, but focused. We received plenty of supporting notes, web references as well as homework! Everyone actually agreed they found the homework very useful for consolidating their learning. 

    What impressed us most was that Stephen was able to answer every question put to him - his gardening knowledge is truly prodigiou "

    Myanah Saunders
    Independent Education Management Professional
  • "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 mowen@ickburgh.hackney.sch.uk

  • 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.

    Sonya Patel Ellis
    Freelance writer, editor and artist
  • Stephen led a garden course in Forest Gate earlier this summer. It was an excellent grounding suitable for both beginners, and people like me who garden but do not really know what they are doing. His course runs again very shortly so enrol through Forest Gate learning zone, Newham council adult education.
    Peter Williams
    retired local government officer
  • With Stephen, I set up and ran OCRA Outdoor Classrooms Raising Awareness. 
    I had approached Stephen because I had been inspired by his talks and workshops and found them to be the most direct, informed and personally passionate of the numerous ones about Schools curriculum engagement with plants and food that I had been to.
    He continues to train and inspire both adults and children on countless projects on Growing and Sustainability
    Myra Heller
    Environmental education
    Design and Engagement
  • 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.

    Lorraine Tillet
    Work related learning coordinator
    Daniel House PRU Hackney
  • “ 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 chool environment :

    Carron Adams - Ofori
    Headteacher
    Grazebrook School
    Hackney
  • “ 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."

    Lisa Hook
    Project Coordinator
    Abney Park Trust
    http://www.abneypark.org