About us

Board of Trustees

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Tim Baker - Founder.  Head of Charlton Manor Primary School, London Food Committee

Steve Fisher - Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Senior Policy Advisor within HM Treasury

David Gardner - Trustee and long standing Greenwich Councillor

John Baker - TV Producer

Sarah Hutt - Working within media, Mum of a three year old and fitness enthusiast.   Favourite vegetable: Spinach

Staff team

Sophie Amos - Roots4Life Manager;  20+ years experience working in charities, keen organic veg grower. Favourite vegetable: Potato

Izzy Bristol - Roots4Life Deputy Manager

Cat Flannery - Horticultural Learning and Therapy 


Who are Roots4Life?

Roots4Life is an innovative charity set up to address the physical and mental health challenges that come with malnutrition and social isolation. Our goal is to ensure access to a healthy life is a right for all. Join our mailing list to receive a shortly monthly update on news, events, vegetable and wildlife updates here

What is The Baker Centre?
The Baker Centre is a new community hub with 8.6-acre site in New Eltham, Greenwich, London. There are vegetable growing beds, a wildlife pond, orchard and grass amphitheatre. Inside we have a communal dining area and community cafe as well as a brand new teaching kitchen. 

Can I visit?

Current restrictions means we have to limit how many people can attend our outdoor events. We will be organising more events when restrictions are lifted further.  There are regular volunteer Saturdays and Sophie, our Manager, is happy to show local neighbours around the site if in groups of two households. To arrange a visit email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Are you Covid-safe?

The safety of our staff, volunteers and all our visitors is our utmost priority. Events are pre-booked and we ask visitors to limit their party to the rule of six or to two households only when outdoors. Indoors there are toilet facilities which are cleaned every hour on the hour and after use during our events.  We are a no smoking and no alcohol site.

Can I volunteer?

Yes please! We are looking for vegetable growers, stewards for events and people to help run the community café. We can offer corporate volunteer days and away days with plenty of outdoor meeting space, indoor meeting space (if allowed under current goverment guidelines) and healthy outdoor activities including weeding, planting and harvesting. Contact us to find out more and to design a day to meet your needs. 

Are you hiring? 

We are looking for education, outdoor and cooking sessional deliverers  (DBS and first aid qualified) and hope to be recruiting other posts in the future. Send a copy of your CV and 200 words about yourself to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and when we start to recruit we will get in touch. 

No agencies please.  We are a small charity and it is a waste of your and our time. 

I have goods, services, a greenhouse, plants to donate.

We need watering cans, gardening tools (reasonable condition and we will sanitise them) and plants.  Maybe you have a lovely tasting tomato plant or are an expert cabbage grower. We will only take organic plants so no use of pesticides or fertilisers.  Or maybe your company has office furniture including desks, shelving, files or chairs. Send an email and photo and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Paid car parking

There is charge car parking available which is operated by an external company. You pay for car parking online on arrival. The car park has CC TV and will issue fines for non-payment.  

Can I bring my dog?

We do not allow any dogs on site apart from pre-arranged visits with guide dogs. If one of your party has a guide dog please contact us to discuss your visit first so we can ensure safety and accessibility. Maybe you can help advise Roots4Life on our plans for a sensory garden in the future! 

Who do I contact in an emergency? 

Please call or send a message to 07470 802379. 

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Can I see a copy of your safeguarding policy? 

A copy of our safeguarding policy is available here

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