About Us


Our Steering Committee


Joanna Brooks

Founding Committee Member


Jo has been employed as charity manager of the Eden-Rose Coppice Trust from August 2015. Volunteered for the charity from its commencement.
Experience in charity funding, grant writing, outdoor education, teaching, learning support assistant for children with disabilities, adult mental health worker, wood craft, arboriculturist, woodland management, team building and community engagement.

Wendy Battye

Founding Committee Member


BSc.PGCE.Ad Dip Special Needs Education .MA.Forest School Leader. Throughout many roles I have been keen to develop outdoor education initially working on Outward Bound, Duke of Edinburgh and Science field trips and Outdoor experiences in recent years I have been focusing on outdoor education particularly for those with mental health and special educational needs.

Hannah Ruffles

Founding Committee Member


Working on a freelance basis, I provide digital and creative marketing services to a variety of businesses in Suffolk mainly fantastic food and drink producers.
I have volunteered at Brickmakers Wood in Ipswich since 2016. When I'm not on my Mac you will find me on the water, up a mountain or looking for an adventure.

Dr Robert Brooks

Founding Committee Member


Founder and current CEO of Eden – Rose Coppice Trust in 2007.
Experienced in running SME’s to profitability. Personal experience within the Cancer community relevant to the Charity with good business relations with oncologists, hospices and hospitals. Trained in pertinent arboricultural skills and experienced in leading teams of varying ability and difficult to reach groups.

Jennie Jordan

Founding Committee Member


Retired volunteer management and fundraising professional with 20+ year’s experience working in the not for profit sector. My experience is of working with volunteers and charities to maximise the mutual benefits, with a focus on getting the best from people regardless of their paid/unpaid status.
In my personal life I am an enthusiastic naturalist and have lots of practical experience in woodland management, growing trees and plants and in healthy eating.

Justine Oakes

Founding Committee Member


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Environmental professional of over 20 years. Starting her career with the Ministry of Defence, she later went on to run her own environmental consultancy offering advisory and assessment services to public and private sector organisations on a range of sustainable development challenges. Justine’s current interest is to find innovative approaches to sustainable development that explore and recognise the economic and environmental impacts on social sustainability, organisational behavioural change and external partnership engagement.


We're recruiting new board members.

The recruitment of new members of the Management Committee comes at an exciting time for ERCL. As a member of the management committee, you will work closely with your Board and the CEO to steer the organisation through and beyond this new phase of its development.

It is important to us to have an active management committee with specific roles, elected by the members, to oversee the affairs of the society.

Please see here for more information on board members and the responsibilities of a management committee: https://www.uk.coop/sites/default/files/uploads/attachments/essential_society_director_0.pdf

If you are interested in being part of our amazing team, please email Jo at jo@ercommunity.co.uk or call 07896 844814
We are currently looking to fill the following exciting roles:
Company Secretary
Ecology & conservation professional
Finance & accounting professional (Treasurer)
Educational professional
Mental health professional
Marketing and communications professional
Community engagement professional
Business professional.


The Company Secretary

The Company Secretary will have a good understanding of community benefit society law and company law, along with a solid grounding in other relevant legislation, such as employment law, health and safety law, etc. They understand the basic principles and are able to identify potential areas of contention and to seek further advice when necessary. They should provide the key to good governance.

Duties of the Company Secretary:
The Company Secretary’s overall role includes secretarial duties such as organising board meetings, taking the minutes, managing correspondence, managing updates and background information required by the board of trustees, keeping records of membership, and other similar administrative responsibilities.

Given that charities and social enterprises are routinely understaffed, and that the responsibility of the Charity Secretary is to make sure that the organisation runs properly and within compliance, being a Charity Secretary is a very important job! The Board Members must rely on the Secretary for help in ways that go beyond the duties of a private company secretary.

Be an impartial communicator
The secretary of the corporation is an active conduit for communication between the board, management and external stakeholders, as the NEO Law Group explains. There will inevitably be disputes among all of these parties, and the Secretary has the difficult role of maintaining the discussions without allowing them to devolve into bitter arguments.
The secretary should mediate among all of these parties, and try to help them to find common ground.
Because Secretaries must have a profound knowledge – both of the company itself, and of related events and trends – they can often provide details that will help settle disputes

Support the board in fulfilling their fiduciary duties
The Secretary must share this understanding, and work to keep the board members on track. This can be difficult when new members arrive – the Secretary should have materials ready and arrange conferences with other board members to get the new trustees on the same page.

Manage productive board meetings
Make plans for board meetings well in advance, and have them approved by all board members. Make sure that materials needed for board meetings are up-to-date, and ensure that the programme of meetings allows for directors’ discussion – both formal and informal. Discuss important matters with the directors in advance of the board meeting so that, during the meeting itself, they can concentrate on making decisions.
Make sure that the relevant governance guidance is available to board members for meetings. Provide board members with any additional information necessary to facilitate decision-making, including informing them of their powers and duties under the terms of the governing document.

Take the minutes carefully
Minutes that carefully reflect board meetings are a legal obligation in the UK. The Secretary should take care to include all relevant material, and especially all decisions, as well as a clear list of votes in each case.

Board Member role focusing on Treasurer Responsibilities (Finance & accounting professional)

The Eden-Rose Community Limited (ERCL), is an environmental social enterprise that improves physical and mental health of local communities through immersion in nature.
Opportunity description
In order to undertake our work, we need to manage and account for our finances in line with FCA rules.
To meet our expanding needs and to set us on course for the future we are looking for a trustee who can manage the on-going finances as well as advise on future spending decisions
The role
Your key responsibility will be to manage the day to day finances, ensure events are supported and to bring project and financial management skills to the team. Our budget is partly grant funded and is constantly under review and therefore threat. As the demand for our services is steadily increasing both in number and complexity you will play a key role in working with the team to seek revenue diversification.

Required skills
• Accountancy
• Working knowledge of the Not for profit sector/ social enterprise
• Auditing
• Financial management

Person description
In order to apply you need:
• Proven track record of Accountancy.
• Be a team player but be willing and able to work on your own initiative
• Have a good sense of humour! The success of our team depends on human chemistry
• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to your duties as project manager and trustee

What impact the opportunity will have
We enrich communities by supporting, mentoring and training adults with complex mental health problems, children with disabilities or mental ill health and the local community in a number of different ways. By immersion in horticulture and forestry and taking part in the transformation of a poor woodland into a wonderful natural retreat, we encourage life skills, integration and most importantly, well-being.

What’s in it for the volunteer?
As a volunteer in this role you will bring new skills and experience to help us fulfil our wish to improve our clients comfort and well-being. Working with a non-profit gives you a tremendous sense of well-being and community involvement. Knowing that you are making a real difference to people's everyday lives.

Time commitment
Half day - 1 per week on average Either in or out of office hours
Attendance at regular board meetings, and as required to fulfil your Treasurer remit.

Board Member role focusing on Environmental leadership and guidance

Opportunity description
In order to undertake our work we manage the neglected woodlands in our care. Whilst the day to day work and management is undertaken by enthusiastic volunteers with members of staff, we need to ensure that our approach is both professional and links to a long term plan.
We need to maximise the benefits that our woodlands can provide to our service users but also to the wider community and environment.
We also need to network with other woodland owners and to be ready to decide about the advantages of neglected woodlands that might be offered to us in the future.
To meet our expanding needs and to set us on course for the future we are looking for a board member who can lead on Environmental issues.

The role
Your key responsibility will be to advise on and take the lead in the development and implementation of a long term management plan for our woodlands to ensure we have a sustainable future.
There are a number of initiatives that could be developed and you would advise on whether they should be incorporated into the long term strategy
Required skills
• Knowledge and understanding of Environmental planning and management
• Experience of developing a long term management plan for woodlands
• Ability to advise on turning strategic aims into hands on management plans
• Able to network and share knowledge and learning on environmental issues

Person description
In order to apply you need:
• Proven track record of experience and involvement in Environmental planning and management.
• Be a team player but be willing and able to work on your own initiative
• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to your duties as project manager and board member

What impact the opportunity will have
We enrich communities by supporting, mentoring and training adults with complex mental health problems, children with disabilities or mental ill health and the local community in a number of different ways. By immersion in horticulture and forestry and taking part in the transformation of a poor woodland into a wonderful natural retreat, we encourage life skills, integration and most importantly, well-being.

What’s in it for the volunteer?
As a volunteer in this role you will bring new skills and experience to help us fulfil our wish to improve our clients comfort and well-being. Working with a charity gives you tremendous job satisfaction. Knowing that you are making a real difference to people's everyday lives.

Time commitment
Half day - 1 day per week on average Either in or out of office hours
Attend regular board meetings, and as required to fulfil your fundraising remit.

Board Member role focusing on Fundraising

Opportunity description
In order to undertake our work we need to raise the funds to support our staff and cover our on-going costs as well as potentially take advantage of other neglected woodlands that are offered to us.
To meet our expanding needs and to set us on course for the future we are looking for a board member who can lead on fundraising.

The role
Your key responsibility will be to advise on and take the lead in the development and implementation of a fundraising strategy to raise monies to ensure we have a sustainable future.
There are a number of on-going fundraising initiatives that could be maximised and the potential to develop others. These will need to be incorporated into the long term strategy

Required skills
• Knowledge and understanding of the not for profit/ social enterprise sector
• Experience of developing a Fundraising strategy
• Fundraising event management experience

Person description
In order to apply you need:
• Proven track record of strategic fundraising expertise.
• Be a team player but be willing and able to work on your own initiative
• A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to your duties as project manager and trustee

What impact the opportunity will have
We enrich communities by supporting, mentoring and training adults with complex mental health problems, children with disabilities or mental ill health and the local community in a number of different ways. By immersion in horticulture and forestry and taking part in the transformation of a poor woodland into a wonderful natural retreat, we encourage life skills, integration and most importantly, well-being.

What’s in it for the volunteer?
As a volunteer in this role you will bring new skills and experience to help us fulfil our wish to improve our clients comfort and well-being. Working with a non-profit gives you tremendous job satisfaction. Knowing that you are making a real difference to people's everyday lives.

Time commitment
Half day - 1 day per week on average Either in or out of office hours
Attend regular board meetings, and as required to fulfil your fundraising remit.

More role profiles to be added soon!

ERCL's Services


ERCL will provide a range of outdoor educational services to young people of mixed abilities. It will build on Eden-Rose Coppice Trusts past history of success and expand to offer further services to a wider audience. We believe that every young person should be given the opportunity to have a positive learning experience. The Eden-Rose Coppice Trust charity will concentrate on its core aim of providing support to people with a life limiting illness.

Whether you are partaking in solo outdoor therapy, actively volunteering in groups, learning traditional crafts or simply sitting and contemplating, there are countless benefits to be gained from spending time in nature such as, reduced stress levels, decreased depression, raised self-esteem, boosted confidence and reduced anxiety. ERCL aims to provide nature-based therapeutic services and health benefiting volunteering opportunities.

ERCL will offer bespoke hospitality packages to the local community and businesses. We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to feel a sense of ownership of the natural, outdoor retreats, under our management. The hospitality packages will provide the local community and business with a perfect place to host all-inclusive children’s birthday parties, events and conferences. The unique setting offers the perfect space for business meetings, parties and weddings for young and old alike.

An outdoor, natural environment provides the perfect location for courses in skills and crafts. Immersive attention in a natural environment is proven to close down ‘mental chatter’ and greatly enhance mental well being. ERCL will concentrate on promoting this by: Providing courses and skill sharing workshops that evoke the senses, such as tasting and cooking foraged food; encouraging immersion in nature, whilst learning about wildlife; undergoing physical education whilst undertaking skills, such as coppicing.

Timeline of important events

  • 4th January 2017

    Lack of Funding

    Trustees of the charity noticed a decrease in the amount of funding available.

  • 1st May 2017

    Making Local Woods Work

    The charity sought advice from the Making Local Woods Work Programme.

  • 1st July 2017

    Call to action

    A status report and action plan was put into place to establish a Community Benefit Society

  • 1st October 2017

    Call to arms

    A Steering Committee was found and The Eden-Rose Community was born. A significant amount of time was spent ensuring that the business was viable and a professional business plan and share offer document was created.

  • 1st February 2018

    Registration of The Eden-Rose Community Limited

    We became an officially registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.Registered with the Financial Services Authority.

  • 1st May 2018

    Booster Programme

    The Community Shares Unit, funded by Power to Change, approved our application for their Booster Programme. They awarded us with a grant to launch the share offer.

  • 9th July 2018

    Equity Investment

    The Community Shares Unit approved our application for their Matched Funding Programme. 🙂

  • 14th March 2019

    ERCL Share Launch Event Sudbury

    Very, very excitingly our share offer launches in Sudbury. Investors can now become members of The Eden-Rose Community.

  • 15th March 2019

    ERCL Share Launch Event Ipswich

    Our share launch event in Ipswich takes place.

  • 10th May 2019

    Share offer period ends

    Our share offer period ends now. However, the Steering Committee may extend the offer period if required.