Meet The Team

Kevin Blockey Portrait

Hi I'm Kevin, when not working as Treasurer 

and overseeing the building work on this project, I manage my

own archaeological consultancy - specialising in Cathedrals, work on

the farm  and carve

stone. (I am a Member

of the Royal Society of Sculptors).

Fran Blockey Portrait

Hi. I'm Fran. I'm passionate about nature, gardening, art and cosmology.  When not working on this project you'll find me farming (agroecology) just above Llanidloes. I'm fascinated by the origins of farming and am helping to reconstruct a Neolithic settlement  - to explore the lives and minds of our ancestors. 

Lucantoine Bonte Portrait

Hello, I'm Luc, with the help of my team. I develop, supervise and evaluate the project.  Coming from the French Alps I am always looking for something to climb or a good piece of cheese. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any ideas/requests for

The Hanging Gardens or if your climbing shoes are itching.

Joe Arrowsmith Portrait

Hi I’m Joe, when

I’m not planning events

at The Hanging Gardens you most likely find me out on my bicycle, or staring at lichens in the local woodlands.

I am passionate about sustainable, local food production.

If I was in Lord of The Rings, I would be Aragorn.

Maggie Lekarczyk Portrait

Hi, I'm Maggie. When I'm not managing The Hanging Gardens Café, I'm either spending time with my family in Poland, planning a holiday, or trying to figure out life (and watching youtube tutorials on the tiny house movement). I'm passionate about event planning, travelling and Giant Pandas. Come see me in the café for a delicious cup of sustainable coffee!

Samantha Pilpel Portrait

Hi my name is Sammy, and I am the Gardener at the Hanging Gardens.

My work also has me facilitating events and activities surrounding our Healthy Food Initiatives.

When my green fingers aren't at work you can usually find me romping through the Welsh hills and woodlands with my sweet pup Ffion, cooking up a feast with friends or cwtched up with a good book.

Rose Shuckburgh Portrait

Hello, I’m Rose and I am the Arts Coordinator for The Hanging Gardens.

I am also an artist, and when I’m not at

The Hanging Gardens you’ll find me painting in my studio or drawing on a hillside. I'm also a keen swimmer, jumping in the sea when ever I get the chance and love filling my kitchen with the aroma of  cooking  Welsh Cakes  ready  for my pals to enjoy with a cup of tea.  

Louise team photo.jpg

Hi, I’m Louise. When I’m not helping out in The Hanging Gardens you’ll find me studying for a degree in forensic psychology, volunteering and illustrating part time. You’ll also find me chronically out of breath from mountaineering. Or spending “too much” quality time with my boyfriend's cat Thai and my dog / best pal Boots.