Rowan rides for a cause close to his heart

05 March 2015

Our Community Engagement Officer takes part in the Tour de Liverpool.

When Rowan Joyce strapped on his helmet, jumped on his bike and peddled furiously around his hometown for SkyRide Tour de Liverpool, his reasons for taking part were personal.

The 34-year-old, of Canning Street, Liverpool, took part in the  ride to raise funds for the Land Trust - a charity focused on the long term management of open green spaces for the benefit of communities up and down the country.

He set himself the £300 fundraising target for the 26-mile bike trek, explaining: "I'm passionate about the environment and want to give something back to a charity that does so much for so many beautiful parks and green, open spaces."

Rowan is a Community Engagement Officer for the Land Trust and works at Liverpool Festival Gardens as part of the Green Angels project.

Green Angels provide free courses at Festival Gardens, funded by the Big Lottery, aimed at improving the quality of life for local communities by providing environmental training opportunities, such as parks and countryside management..

Having previously completed a Green Angels course in parks and countryside maintanence and horticulture, before joining the Land Trust, Rowan had first-hand experience of its benefits to support his career, which led him to hop on his bike for the epic SkyRide on Sunday 1 March.

"On the day it went really well. After hitting the wall around the 10-mile mark I pushed on through and was thoroughly enjoying myself until around the 20th mile when the skies opened with freezing rain and sleet," he said.

"One of the highlights for me was cycling past Festival Gardens, a venue close to my heart, giving me some extra wind in my sails!"

Rowan is still collecting donations, which will go towards the community-focused work of the Land Trust, whose portfolio also includes Port Sunlight River Park and the Countess of Chester Country Park.

To donate to Rowan, please visit: www.justgiving.com/Rowan-Joyce.

When Rowan Joyce strapped on his helmet, jumped on his bike and peddled furiously around his hometown for SkyRide Tour de Liverpool, his reasons for taking part were personal.

The 34-year-old, of Canning Street, Liverpool, took part in the  ride to raise funds for the Land Trust - a charity focused on the long term management of open green spaces for the benefit of communities up and down the country.

He set himself the £300 fundraising target for the 26-mile bike trek, explaining: "I'm passionate about the environment and want to give something back to a charity that does so much for so many beautiful parks and green, open spaces."

Rowan is a Community Engagement Officer for the Land Trust and works at Liverpool Festival Gardens as part of the Green Angels project.

Green Angels provide free courses at Festival Gardens, funded by the Big Lottery, aimed at improving the quality of life for local communities by providing environmental training opportunities, such as parks and countryside management..

Having previously completed a Green Angels course in parks and countryside maintanence and horticulture, before joining the Land Trust, Rowan had first-hand experience of its benefits to support his career, which led him to hop on his bike for the epic SkyRide on Sunday 1 March.

"On the day it went really well. After hitting the wall around the 10-mile mark I pushed on through and was thoroughly enjoying myself until around the 20th mile when the skies opened with freezing rain and sleet," he said.

"One of the highlights for me was cycling past Festival Gardens, a venue close to my heart, giving me some extra wind in my sails!"

Rowan is still collecting donations, which will go towards the community-focused work of the Land Trust, whose portfolio also includes Port Sunlight River Park and the Countess of Chester Country Park.

To donate to Rowan, please visit: www.justgiving.com/Rowan-Joyce - See more at: http://www.thelandtrust.org.uk/community/news-detail.html?db=lt&NID=1000103#sthash.rznLqPtg.dpuf