About Green Corridor

We are Green Corridor
London's leading learning organisation using land based training as a means of unlocking young peoples potential
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We offer short-term volunteering opportunities centred on land-based projects. So if you’re not afraid of a bit of mud and want to gain new skills, just get involved!
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Learn skills

It’s all about making our green spaces better while offering you the opportunity to get valuable experience for your CV and gain new skills.
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You can gain qualifications in land-based areas such as horticulture, conservation and environmental studies.
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With a strong track record we are able to deliver outcomes that meet the needs of our beneficiaries
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What they say

Though the young people’s needs could be challenging you made it fun and engaging at all times
I did this for 2 years throu my school loved it best thing I did at school lol
Looking into volunteering I expected quite boring duties but Green Corridor has been great
I have found the contribution that Green Corridor Volunteers has made invaluable
Green Corridor has provided me with opportunities to really improve my skill sets

Performance statistics

We are proud of our record helping young people to achieve their ambitions

Since 2012 we have trained and supported over 130 disadvantaged young learners, with 96% of them achieving a land based qualification in either horticulture or conservation, for many this is the first qualification they have ever achieved

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Supporter of the month

Many thanks to Nexen and Heathrow Airport for their support

We are very grateful to Nexen for funding our new website and for supporting the development of the Green Corridor Training Centre, which will make a major difference to the young people we support.

We would also like to thank Heathrow Airport for there generosity in providing time, funding and most phenomenal of all the site which has become our Training Centre.

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Eve Barrett
Eve Barrett
Funding Consultant

Eve came from a corporate background of bid consultancy. Her previous role as office manager was the running of the bid consultancy office, liaising with associates and clients to deal with the financial elements of the business. She combined this role with bid coordinating and writing grant funding applications for the third sector.

Eve joined Green Corridor in April 2014 and is responsible for researching and identifying potential funding, building and maintaining a pipeline of applications, and managing, writing, editing and formatting funding proposals.

Tim Knight
Tim Knight
Chief Executive Officer

Following completion of his degree in Environmental Science and Masters in Applied Hydrobiology, Tim started his working career with the National Rivers Authority as a Pollution Control Officer in mid Wales. The creation of the environment agency saw a move to the Thames Valley as a river catchment manager and this triggered his passion for better linking communities to their local environment. His catchment plans always contained a strong element of engaging people in practical conservation tasks, volunteering activities and environmental education programmes to improve environmental sustainability and learning new skills in the process.

This naturally led to work with Groundwork, a local environmental and social regeneration charity for the next 14 years initially in the Thames Valley area and then across the South of England. Key projects included transforming opens spaces, setting up new social enterprises, winning major public sector contracts running employment and National Citizen Service contracts and managing a variety of outdoor education and residential centres.

As the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer for Green Corridor Tim is keen to use his knowledge and experience to work in partnership with local businesses and funders to grow the trust, diversify it’s income streams and increase the charity’s impact to enable more young people improve their self confidence and increase their chances of longer term employment.

Julie Docking
Julie Docking
Head of Operations

Julie started her career in 1982 when she completed her nurse training at the Hammersmith Hospital, London. Julie specialised in Accident and Emergency medicine and worked her way up the career ladder culminating into the position of Manager of the A/E Dept. North Hampshire Hospital.

In 2000 Julie made the decision to leave the NHS and applied for the post of Aeromedical Centre Manager at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Julie has always had a healthy passion for the outdoors and horticulture so when the opportunity arose to join Green Corridor she felt that it was the perfect time to change direction and take on a new challenge whilst still utilising the management experience and skills that she had developed over the last 21 years.

As Head of Centre my main responsibilities are to develop the GC Learning & Development Centre whilst ensuring smooth operational efficiency. I am responsible for each learner as they progress their way through the Centre and gain their qualifications.

Along with Darren Rolfe, our Internal Verifier, I maintain the high standard of quality that Green Corridor works hard to achieve and retain – my work is very varied and very rewarding

Apart from work keeping me busy my hobbies include gardening, cycling and competing my three dogs in agility competitions.

Sophie Edney
Sophie Edney
Youth Engagement Manager

Sophie joined the team in December 2012 and came on board to support the recruitment of young people onto the Landbased Training Programmes.

Since then Sophie’s role has developed significantly, whilst she still recruits for our training programmes she also supports the young people throughout their time with Green Corridor. Sophie personalises the young peoples training programmes, ensuring their individual needs are met, she has regular 121 sessions with them and works with them when they are ready to move onto the next stage of their training or employment.

Sophie works closely with a range of services such Probation, Housing Support, Job Centres, Social Services, Drug and Alcohol support services, Child and Adolescent mental health service’s and other educational/training providers. This creates a holistic package of training for the young person ensuring they are fully supported.

Alongside this Sophie works on the marketing of programmes through newsletters, leaflets and events and when time permits, she supports the delivery of the programmes, and the organisation of volunteer events.

Prior to Sophie’s role at Green Corridor she trained as a Social Worker at the university of Portsmouth Graduating in summer 2012 with a BSC Hons degree. During her training she worked for The Princes Trust developing her interest of supporting young people. Sophie also spent some time in the Child Protection Team followed by a long-term placement with The Early Intervention Psychosis Team. Sophie has a keen interest in supporting positive mental health and working effectively with all other agencies involved in a young persons care to ensure the best range of support is given.

Jonathan Pettit
Jonathan Pettit
Senior Project Delivery Manager

Jonathan joined Green Corridor as Senior Project Manager in January 2014 and brings 25 years of experience working in the food, farming and landbased sectors with a particular focus on skills development and project delivery.

He works closely with the project manager to deliver training across all of Green Corridor’s sites and has specific responsibility for ensuring that Green Corridor meets its commitment across a number of specific funded projects including BIG Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund and Team London.

Jonathan leads on a number of strategic relationships with our key partners. He is actively involved with the 14-19 and NEET Action Groups for Ealing and Hounslow Boroughs, ensuring that Green Corridor is actively involved in relevant strategic and policy developments in the boroughs.

Outside of Green Corridor Jonathan enjoys train journeys, cooking, running and, when he can, watching Ipswich Town and the New York Mets.

Andy Bailey
Andy Bailey
School Delivery Manager

Andy has over twenty years’ experience in the conservation sector, working for local authorities, and leading conservation charities. His main areas of expertise are woodland management, chalk grassland management and management of lowland heath.

Whilst working for the National Trust in Surrey for over 15 years, Andy line managed a small team of rangers, and large number of volunteers and, he was responsible for all aspects of the management of over 250 hectares of high profile and highly visited countryside sites.

Andy has a National Diploma in Countryside Management, a project management qualification and a supervisory management qualification. Other qualifications include, practical conservation skills, including NPTC chainsaw, quad bike, tractor driving including driving machinery on slopes and pesticides including aquatic application. Andy is First Aid at Work qualified, and very experienced in the management of health and safety on site, including teaching safe use of tools and producing risk assessments.

Andy’s role within Green Corridor is project delivery, logistics and management of our schools programmes, as well as undertaking training and assessing of our non-statutory learners at our sites at Green Man Lane, near Heathrow and Manor Way in Southall. He teaches conservation and horticulture up to Level 2 certification, both training and assessing learners to reach competent standards to ensure they successfully gain their certificates.

Andy works with school children with Special Educational Needs and also young people up to the age of 25, also with Special Educational Needs or learning difficulties. He is a qualified assessor and a competent trainer which enables him to work well with the young individuals and give them a good grounding in land based skills.


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