Paula Yassine

Paula_Profile Paula has been working with people in the great outdoors for about 20 years now providing training in forestry, conservation & horticulture for people with disabilities and other disadvantaged members of our community. Paula now spends most of her time ensuring the charity runs as smooth as possible but still prefers getting in the garden with everyone if at all possible and has a particular mission to keep all the garden birds as well fed as possible.Read more about Paula in this profile from Hackney Today or visit this Hackney Gazette piece about her work in the garden.

Noushine Nozari

Noushine_Profile Noushine Nozari joined the staff after 2 years as a volunteer at St Mary’s.She is a trained occupational therapist and garden designer, so brings excellent skills to the team. Noushine works with various groups in the garden and is also responsible for making sure our volunteers are happy gardeners!

Catherine Collins

Catherine_Collins Catherine is currently delivering our Fit2Grow programme for people with learning disabilities. Catherine comes from a health and social care background, knows the local area well and is particularly passionate about food growing and eating well.

Howard Lane

howard Howard joined the team as Finance Officer in July 2017, working mostly on Mondays and the rest of time at the internet rights and web design collective GreenNet. With a wide experience of accounting in small business, charities and community organisations he brings attention to detail as well as a steady overview to the Garden’s financial management. He has keen interests in supporting social enterprises, a free internet and the alternative music scene.

Ruth Yeo

Tim_Turner Ruth joined the team in February 2016. She has many years of experience of running horticultural therapy and training sessions for Thrive in Battersea, and Roots and Shoots down Vauxhall way.
Ruth is an avid gardener with a particular fondness for weeding and visiting as many horticultural shows as she can. Any spare time she has is spent singing in a choir and going to the theatre. You will see Ruth on Wednesdays and Fridays and during special events.

Siobhan MacMahon


Siobhan joined the team as Community Projects Coordinator in September 2018. They coordinate the Garden Social for older Hackney residents with learning disabilities, Greening for Wellbeing; a garden maintenance project for people with mental ill health, and managing volunteers and other community projects in the garden. Siobhan has several years of gardening, support and training as well as press and campaigning experience. They are particularly interested in organic food growing, and gardening for mental wellbeing. When they’re not visiting a community gardening project or botanical garden they are playing roller derby