About the College >> Ella Sparks

Ella Sparks

Agroforestry Nursery Coordinator

Ella graduated from the College’s sustainable horticulture residency and then spent a year as an intern before taking up her current role. 
Her undergraduate degree was in veterinary science but she didn't pursue it, in part because of her concerns around the treatment of animals in the intensive farming system.  While finishing her degree she studied with Shift Bristol, which provides practical training in a variety of elements around sustainability including permaculture and horticulture. 
She also WWOOFed (World Wide Opportunties on Organic Farms) in UK and Ireland still helps out at Fruit and Nut an organic farm and horticulture research centre in Westport, Ireland.  Ella has set up The Mother Tree at Schumacher College which sells chemical-free fruit and nut trees she has cultivated herself and raises funds for the College's horticulture faculty. 
Ella says she always knew she wanted to work outside and in her spare time enjoys cycling, painting and drawing.