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Published: March 4, 2022 | Updated: March 5, 2022

Maria is keen to Spring into action as ‘Dorset’s best-kept secret’ makes key new appointment

Maria Tidy, Community Liaison Officer, SWOP (second left) with (left to right) Maria Seabright, Trustee; James Robinson, Chairman; Tish Borrowman, Manager, Cherry Tree Nursery, and Andrew Verreck, Manager, Chestnut Nursery. Picture: Dorset Biz News.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

One of Dorset’s most experienced and respected charity fundraisers is to join Sheltered Work Opportunities Project (SWOP) in the new role of Community Liaison Officer.

Maria Tidy started work at the charity, which includes Cherry Tree Nursery in Bournemouth and Chestnut Nursery in Poole, on March 1.

Her appointment comes at a time when charities, such as SWOP, are seeing a big increase in the number of people with mental health issues requiring help.

James Robinson, Chairman of Trustees, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Maria is joining us in this new role.

“I have known Maria for many years and genuinely can’t think of anyone better to both share the valuable work we do in the community but also help raise our profile, particularly in the business sector.

“Our team do an incredible job but in many respects we’re Dorset’s best-kept secret.

“One of Maria’s tasks is to help change that.”

Maria has spent the last 15 years working in the charity sector.

She said: “I am a keen gardener and have supported the charity by buying plants and garden accessories from both nurseries.

“I’m so excited to be joining the team at SWOP to raise awareness and funds for this awesome charity which offers supported work opportunities, via horticulture, for local people with mental health issues.

“We are looking to work with local individuals, community groups and businesses so if you’d like to get involved then please do get in touch.”