Sammy Saunders

Sammy joined the team as our Community Worker Sammy Saunders Beechbraein May 2016 (funded by the Climate Challenge Fund). She has been volunteering with Beechbrae since September 2015 and has recently completed her third year of studying a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Development at the University of Glasgow.

Sammy has enjoyed getting to know the village of Blackridge and its residents over the past year and has been working with the local primary school with a food waste reduction project and lots of fun woodland and pond activities.

Previously Sammy managed an intergenerational project for a local community organisation that encouraged different generations to work together and share knowledge as well as actively participate in growing, cooking and eating various produce. She also was a key volunteer in a Grass Roots project that involved working with a community to design and create a Japanese Zen Garden in the village of Armadale.

Sammy has been trained in cycle maintenance, bikeability (formally known as cycling proficiency), as well as a Cycle Ride Leader. She is also a Health Walk Leader for Paths for All and has completed the John Muir Award deliverance training, which she is currently using to design a project for a youth group she voluntary runs in a local village.

Sammy’s passion lies with encouraging people to get out doors and in touch with nature, through creative environmental art, bushcraft and cooking on an outdoor fire pit.

Outside work Sammy enjoys walking her dogs, voluntary running a local youth group and camping. She is a big foody fan having previously been a catering manager and loves innovative ways of creating new recipes for the camp fire.