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John Paul Patton

Meet the founder

John-Paul Patton is the Founder of Enriched Earth Ecovillage C.I.C. He has 25 years of experience as an environmental activist and educator. His main work being accomplished through his career as Head of Media Studies, an English Teacher and Environment Coordinator for 15 years in Lagan College, Belfast. Where he was instrumental in the school achieving Eco-Schools Ambassador Status through being the only secondary level school in Northern Ireland to have consistently won and held four Green Flag Awards. He was also awarded the prestigious EarthWatch Institute Environmental Education Teacher Award for his dedication in this field and has worked with many environmental stakeholders in NI over the years. He has also successfully completed two state-of-the-art Leadership training courses in recent years.

Recently John-Paul has engaged in four Ecovillage residential experiences at Findhorn, Solheimer, Lammas and Cloughjordan and is passionate to see Environmental Education for all ages in Ireland taken to the next level via this exciting initiative of Enriched Earth Educational Ecovillage.

The rest of the team

John-Paul is ably supported by many others who care about the future of the environment in Ireland and who passionately support this pioneering educational initiative.  In brief here are some of our core team members:

Marketing and PR Consultant

Natalie Lough

Natalie Lough

Degree in Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology. Currently Marketing Manager at MCCain Foods. Natalie is a highly sought and experienced expert in her field and has been instrumental in the branding process and provision of PR guidance for Enriched Earth Ecovillage from its inception.

Renewable Energy Consultant

Andrew McMurray

Andrew McMurray

M.Sc. Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Loughborough University. (Distinction) BEng, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Queens University Belfast. (1st Class Hons). NRG Solutions Senior Project Engineer. Recognised industry expert with over eight years experience in renewable energy grid connections. Broad experience in project managing electrical connections and wind farm development. Helped raise over £3,000,000 in Community Cooperative Shares for 6 wind turbines. Andrew is also the chairperson for Co-Housing NI and has worked with Enriched Earth Ecovillage from its inception.

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