Meet the Groundwork team 

Some of the Groundwork South team pictured with Torbay Council members and officers at Westerland Valley pre-Covid

Some of the Groundwork South team pictured with Torbay Council members and officers at Westerland Valley pre-Covid - Credit: Groundwork South

No two green spaces in Torbay are the same. Each park, garden, church yard, playground, community garden or woodland area has its own unique features – and maybe its own green space group to help care for it.

Likewise, no two Groundwork South team members are the same. 

Between us our skills are many and varied; from geographer to historian, classroom educator to outdoor activities coach, horticulturalist to countryside manager, community worker to volunteer cheerleader. 

If you were to bundle the Torbay Groundwork team up into one, who knows what you would end up with – maybe the result would end up as less human being and more superhero.  

During lockdown the team has been making use of its ‘superpowers’ to keep those involved in green spaces feeling connected by hosting a Green Café, with guests coming along to chat to us about a range of green space related topics. 

Our development officer and engagement manager are busy establishing programmes for schools and young people, developing resources for green space groups and more; all aimed at getting not only more people involved with their local green spaces, but also a more diverse range of people, as well as supporting those already involved. 

Our countryside development manager has been beavering away with flood-mitigation solutions for the site at Westerland Valley; planning, consulting and engaging with experts and locals alike, to develop a vision for the old reservoir site that will reduce flood risk whilst providing benefits for local wildlife and people. 

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The team also boasts an experienced horticulture tutor who, once this latest lockdown is lifted, will be running City & Guilds training, as well as a no-cost, five-week ‘Introduction to Gardening’ taster course for unemployed or inactive Torbay residents aged 18 to 64.

The amazing thing is that the team has managed to achieve so much despite not having had the chance to be in the same room together yet - face and superhero masks worn, of course!

To find out more about the work that Groundwork South is doing in Torbay, please contact Hannah Worthington on 07940510616 or email 

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