Vivian Griffiths

I am Vivian Griffiths born 1948 with a lifelong interest in The Lake District having lived there in my childhood and being Libby's brother watched her growing interest in The Fell Pony when we lived in Kentmere in the early sixties and when she was given the chance to ride one at a local farm.

My path has been firstly an ordinand at Durham University and then a life of working in Camphill Communities with people with special needs in Botton Village North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough and Stourbridge in the Midlands helping and setting up gardening projects with Biodynamic Practice. It has led indirectly to becoming a student of The Organic Movement and it's remarkable history.

In 2009 my partner Lesley and I developed a holiday project for people in Camphill when we rented a house on The Graythwaite Estate between Hawkshead and Newby Bridge on the west side of Windermere and renewed connections with The Lakes. This led to a group around Brantwood connected to the late Sally Beamish Estate Manager and restorer of the gardens there and writing a short life story of Canon Hardwyke Rawnsley for The National Trust Three Pioneers Book. 

Now living in Bristol with grandparent duties I am a frequent visitor to The Lakes being the tutor of a gardening course at Brantwood and Ulverston.

I am happy yo be a Trustee of the Fell Pony Heritage Trust and wish it well in the future with a very important job to to in these challenging times for hill farming and the culture and landscape of The Lake District with its important 'sense of place'.