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THEOPHRASTUS OFFERS INNER-CITY YOUTHS FROM SOCIALLY EXCLUDED BACKGROUNDS
THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PART IN SOCIAL BOTANY FIELD TRIPS
ON A WORKING FARM ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF LESVOS.

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KALLONI BAY, LESVOS

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SOCIAL BOTANY COMBINES THE STUDY OF THE ECOLOGY OF OLIVE GROVES,
WHICH DETERMINES THE TASTE AND PROPERTIES OF THE OLIVE OIL,
WITH A COMMITMENT TO ENCOURAGE THE SYMBIOSIS OF INNER-CITY YOUTHS
AND THE OLIVE TREE SO CREATING A PURPOSE, WELL-BEING AND OPPORTUNITY.

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PROPOSED PROJECT SPACE

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BEFORE WRITTEN LANGUAGE WAS INVENTED OLIVE TREES WERE CULTIVATED.
OLEA EUROPAEA IS THE OLDEST FRUIT TREE AND THE MOST IMPORTANT
IN EUROPEAN HISTORY. THE CULTURE OF THE OLIVE TREE HAS BEEN CLOSELY CONNECTED
TO THE RISE AND FALL OF MEDITERRANEAN EMPIRES
AND MIDDLE EASTERN CIVILISATIONS THROUGHOUT THE AGES.
THE AGRICULTURAL NATIONS BECAME STABLE SOCIETIES ON THE BASIS
OF UNINTERRUPTED SUPPLY OF FOOD AND OLIVE OIL.

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LESVOS OLIVE TREES

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WE ARE CREATING NEW CULTURAL EXPERIENCES; CULTIVATING ATTITUDES OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY,
ETHICAL WORK VALUES AND HEALTHY DIETARY HABITS.
SOCIAL BOTANY OFFERS LONG-TERM LIFE BENEFITS TO YOUNG PEOPLE BY ENHANCING
THEIR VOCATIONAL TRAINING, INCREASING THEIR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AND DEVELOPING WORK SKILLS.

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OLIVE HARVESTING

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OUR SOCIAL BOTANY FIELD TRIPS ASPIRE TO DIRECTLY INCLUDE YOUNG PEOPLE
IN THE DIFFERENT PHASES OF THE OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION CYCLE IN FAMILY-ORIENTED SURROUNDINGS.
THE SOCIAL BOTANY PROGRAMME IS ENTIRELY SELF-SUSTAINING
SO AS TO EMPOWER YOUNG PEOPLE IN THEIR QUEST FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING.

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SOCIAL BOTANY FIELD TRIPS

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THE SOCIAL BOTANY FIELD TRIPS WILL RUN FROM SEPTEMBER TO APRIL IN PARTNERSHIP
WITH THE BOTANIC GARDENS CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL AND ORGANISATION EARTH,
ROOTS & SHOOTS, THE PRINCE’S TRUST (FAIRBRIDGE PROGRAMME), SE1 UNITED, AND
YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS, AND YOUTH CHARITIES.

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ROOTS & SHOOTS TRAINEES

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THE CORE GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE TAKING PART WILL BE TRAINEES AT LAMBETH COLLEGE,
YOUNG PEOPLE FROM SE1 UNITED AND THE PRINCE’S TRUST.
THE FIELD TRIP WILL BE A FOLLOW-UP OF A 3-MONTH TRAINING IN A GREEN SPACE IMPORTANT
FOR URBAN BIODIVERSITY AND ENJOYMENT FOR THE WIDER COMMUNITY.

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LESVOS OLIVE OIL

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THESE EDUCATIONAL & WORK EXPERIENCE TRIPS ARE EXCLUSIVELY FINANCED BY MEANS
OF THE SALE OF PREDOMINATELY ORGANIC, CERTIFIED EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL,
FROM THE ISLAND OF LESVOS AND PRIVATE BOTANY TRIPS,
WHICH WILL RUN IN THE SUMMER MONTHS BETWEEN MAY TO SEPTEMBER.

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PRIVATE BOTANY TRIPS

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IN THE ODYSSEY, HOMER DESCRIBES OLIVE OIL AS LIQUID GOLD.
THE EGYPTIAN PHARAOH TUTANKHAMEN WAS BURIED WITH AN OLIVE BRANCH,
THE DOVE RETURNING TO NOAH’S ARK WAS CARRYING AN OLIVE BRANCH
IN ITS BEAK, OLIVE OIL IS MENTIONED SEVEN TIMES IN THE QUR’AN,
AND SCRIPTURES OF ALL FAITHS REFER TO ITS HEALING, MEDICINAL AND NUTRITIOUS IMPORTANCE.

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SOCIAL BOTANY PROGRAMME

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WE ARE CREATING GROVES OF LESVOS OLIVE TREES IN INNER-CITY LONDON PUBLIC SPACES
BEGINNING WITH KENNINGTON PARK, VAUXHALL PLEASURE GARDENS, AND OLD PARADISE GARDENS.


KENNINGTON PARK
&
VAUXHALL PLEASURE GARDENS
&
OLD PARADISE GARDENS

IN AUGUST 2014, WE ARE LAUNCHING UK’S FIRST OLIVE TREE FESTIVAL
WHICH WILL RUN CONCURRENTLY IN ALL THREE PARKS. FOUR INNER-CITY LONDON SCHOOLS WILL LEAD THE ARTWORK
EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO THE OLIVE TREE.
TRADERS FROM OLIVE OIL PRODUCING COMMUNITIES WILL OFFER OLIVE OIL TASTING SESSIONS.

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‘A GOOD OLIVE OIL
THAT NEEDS NO BUSH, BUT IT
HAS BEEN BOTTLED ANEW,AND NEW
BOTTLES MAY NEED A WORD
OF RECOMMENDATION.’

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MEET THE TEAM

Director — Eva Evangelakou
Finances — Paul Fogelman
Legal — Jovanka Stojsavljevic
Associate — Ruth Bloomberg
Educationalist — Evi Kolovou
Botanist ­— Linda Phillips
Media — James Swinson
Health — Sarah Easen
Sales — Kasia Trzcinska-Draper
Art Team — Diohandi, Gavrilos
Residential — Dimitris Patsios


This is our team. We are currently working voluntarily to set up the project
and will continue on that basis until longer-term funding is
secured from the sale of the olive oil.


Theophrastus is seeking interim funding at present although
the aim is to create a self-sustaining social enterprise.

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REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN A SOCIAL BOTANY FIELD TRIP FOR YOUR ORGANISATION
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REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN A PRIVATE BOTANY TRIP TO SUPPORT THE PROJECT
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OUR PROGRAMME
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SUPPORT THE PROJECT BY ORDERING A YEAR'S SUPPLY OF OUR PREMIUM QUALITY EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

FOR MORE INFORMATION: email us

or, phone us: +44(0)2075870765 / +44(0)7539065039

 


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Theophrastus Social Botany C.I.C., Registered Company No. 08769475
19 Balfern Street, Battersea, London SW11 3EL