Charlie is our diva digs guru, she has the brilliant green fingers and has helped me develop a redundant two acres of land into a productive vegetable plot. She is an avid supporter of Charles Dowding and we have been using the ‘no dig’ method to grow our fruit and vegetables. Under Charlie, our plot is growing and thriving look out for the fruits of our labour at the Vegetable Diva in many an offering.
Les Davies manages our orchard and we are honoured to have such a talented person on board, he has spent the whole of his life in connection with the land. For nearly 20 years he has was the Senior Warden for the Mendip Hills AONB. His apple orcharding background goes back 40 years, making him much sought after for courses and contracting work throughout the West Country.
Current Posts Held
President of the Mendip Society
Member of Youth Environmental Awards Committee – Royal Bath & West England Society
Columnist for Mendip Times
Council of Royal Bath & West England Society
Orchard Mentor – Chalice Wells Trust
Lifetime member of Avon & Somerset Search & Rescue team
- 2014 – Coopers Trophy for Craftsmanship in the Cider Industry at the Bath and West Show
- 2012 – Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
- 2012 – Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to public safety, through his work with Search and Rescue
- 2011 – Nominated a Champion of the Environment in the Mid Somerset News & Media Heart of Somerset Awards
- 2005 – MBE for contributions to the Environment for his work within the Mendip Hills AONB
- 2002 – Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for services to public safety, through his work with Search and Rescue