Our friends


Our advisors are all experienced in the cooperative and social enterprise sectors and have backgrounds in food and rural issues. All were involved in Making Local Food Work as advisors.

Maurice McCartney

Experienced in provision of practical advice and learning to start-up and established businesses, social enterprises and support agencies, helping with strategy, business planning, leadership and management, governance, finance, customer service, marketing and personal development. Some of Maurice’s time helping us on our Business Plan has been paid for by Funding Enlightened Agriculture. LinkedIn

Helen Melia

An experienced community enterprise and small business adviser and specialist in community shares and legal structures for social enterprises. She has many years’ experience as editor/writer producing strong and effective documents such as promotional literature, share prospectuses, and funding applications. Helen Coordinates Funding Enlightened Agriculture of which we are a pilot project. LinkedIn

Mark Simmonds

Specialising in co- operative and community enterprise start-up support, the resolution of governance issues and development of organisational models. Mark is particularly experienced in the design and development of community share issues for organisations like ours. LinkedIn



We have had a lot of generous support and advice, in-kind and financial support from a number of organisations. We would like to thank them for helping us to get this far!

Growing Livelihoods (Plunkett Foundation, Carnegie Trust and the Land Settlement Association)
Social Investment Business

A Team Foundation

Funding Enlightened Agriculture

Real Farming Trust

The Better Food Company

Ecological Land Coop

Biodynamic Land Coop

Soil Association – Future Growers

Avon Cooperative Development Agency

Cooperative Enterprise Hub

Community Land Advisory Service

Social Enterprise Works

School For Social Entrepreneurs

Crossfields Institute

Bristol University Social Innovation Hub

SHIFT Bristol

Ethical Property Foundation

Bud Communications

Alison Crowther Associates

Baker Brown Associates


Meade King

Winterbourne Matters

Mike Cannings of Big Mike Inc

Chris Parsons Writes


And a number of individuals professionals from planners to ecologists to horticultural advisors, including Ben Raskin and the late Patrick Whitefield.


There are lots of other organisations in the area who we have consulted with and hope to continue to collaborate with in the future.

The Blue Finger Alliance

Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust

South Gloucestershire Council

Bristol City Council

Southern Brooks Community Partnership

The Matthew Tree Project

Avon Wildlife Trust

The Conservation Volunteers

Bristol Food Network

Feed Bristol

Sims Hill Shared Harvest

Edible Futures


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