What We Do
We help people connect with nature and we do this by:
Providing a fun and inclusive outdoor environment where young people can be free
Offering volunteering opportunities in our community garden
Delivering learning experiences on the farm with a focus on where food comes from
Partnering with like-minded charities so we can help more people
Working with other landowners, Kent Wildlife Trust and the Upper Beult Farm Cluster to improve the local landscape
Who We Are
Both MaryAnn and Martin were lucky enough to spend time living in the country and getting close to nature. We established the Pearce Coggan Foundation in 2014 so that others, particularly those less fortunate than us, might experience a similar opportunity. Being free, being grounded in nature and learning to eat healthy, natural food is so important for kids growing up.
Since then we have developed the wildlife community vegetable garden as a key resource of the charity; hosted inner-city family camping at Green Farm for five years, employed two horticultural apprentices and given volunteering opportunities to many adults and children.
It’s a joy to see how quickly a child from Hackney gets to love being free and the nightingale numbers grow in the surrounding woodland.
Where We Are
Green Farm is in the Shadoxhurst conservation area, in the heart of the Kent countryside. The estate comprises a boutique spa, a luxury holiday barn, 15th-century farmhouse, working farm and 12,500 acres of ancient woodland. It is also home to the Pearce Coggan Foundation.
The Foundation leases land for its community garden from Green Farm on a peppercorn rent. It also receives pro bono staff support, training and donations of food and equipment from Green Farm.
The Pearce Coggan Foundation has 4 Trustees
Joint Managing Director, Pearce Coggan Foundation & Trustee
MaryAnn has been a landlord and property investor for over 19 years, buying her own run down properties, doing them up and renting them out; this is where she developed a passion and flare for restoring property. Nominated by her tenants and property professionals, she was voted The Buy to Let Magazine “Landlord of the year 2010”.
She has appeared as a property expert in many articles including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and the TV programmes BBC’S “Inside Out” and BBC 1’s “homes under the hammer” featuring Green Farm.
They have stunningly restored their home Green Farm and the Barn at Green Farm, and have built the Spa and the Studio. Guests also experience the lifestyle of the farm. MaryAnn puts her success down to creating partnerships with uniquely talented and committed builders and professionals with trust, integrity, workmanship, team work among its key values.
Joint Managing Director, Pearce Coggan Foundation & Trustee
Before "retiring" to Green Farm, Martin was an army officer, accountant, sales executive and business leader. His main experience was in the software industry where, as Vice-President EMEA, he helped take Applix, a failing software company, to a successful sale to IBM. Martin then led IBM’s team of sales specialists for Financial Performance Management in EMEA for the five years before taking a non-executive director role at ICit Business Intelligence, IBM’s leading Performance Management reseller in the UK while he and MaryAnn started developing Green Farm.
Martin has a love of sailing and was the Commodore of the London Corinthian sailing Club in London for 4 years and was subsequently a trustee of the charitable organisation, the London Corinthian Trust.
Martin has a passion for the outdoors and is heavily involved with the conservation activities at Green Farm, determined to farm the livestock with sustainability and habitat improvement as a core goal.
Chairman, Pearce Coggan Foundation & Trustee
Rob Crowley is a HR Director with over 20 years’ experience who has a passion for learning, people engagement and making organisations great. Recently he has spent his career working with high growth FinTech’s who are disrupting their market space, including Nutmeg the digital Wealth Manager. Previously he has worked at Thomson Reuters, the Financial Times Group and Accenture.
Rob has three young boys and enjoys sailing, football and being outdoors in the countryside, especially cycling along trails in the local ancient woodlands and surrounding areas.
Rob holds a BSc in Business and Sports Science from the University of Surrey and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel. He holds an Advisory Board role with the Partnering Partnership, a HR networking community and sits on the local Parish Council. He is also an accredited Football Association coach, spending time coaching his son’s football team
Rebecca Lee is a criminal barrister. She was called to the bar in 2004 and has practiced at the bar since 2005. She prosecutes and defends people charged with criminal offences of every description. She has broad experience of working with people from every kind of background, with a wide range of advantage and disadvantage. This includes representing very young people, the elderly, and those with mental health difficulties, learning difficulties, or other physical challenges. Before becoming a barrister Rebecca worked for the British Council for six years and for the Law Society for three.
Rebecca lives in Sussex and loves walking, travel, wine and books. She loves being outdoors, especially the feeling of being part of the landscapes depicted by Ravilious, the paintings still finding echo in the fields and footpaths Sussex and the South Downs.
Rebecca studied history as an undergraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford. After university she worked for the British Council in Lviv, Ukraine for a year, making the most of the opportunity to travel within Ukraine and beyond. She went on to complete an MA in East European Studies at UCL while working for the British Council in London, before going on to qualify in law, and beginning her practice at the bar in 2005.
Community Garden Manager
Catherine is passionate about wildlife gardening, growing food and the environment. She works part-time at Green Farm developing our wildlife friendly community garden and running workshops.She is also a qualified teacher; she teaches wildlife gardening workshops, upcycling, food growing and other related topics.
Catherine is also a practising artist who regularly exhibits her work. She studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art, followed by a PGCE at Goldsmiths. She has taught from 4 years old to adults, teaching a range of disciplines including drawing, painting, simple printing and mixed media.
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