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Meet the Team

Founders Of 
Friends Of The Fal


Sarah Roberson

Friends of the Fal Secretary

Environmentalist & Conservationist

Sarah was born in Nottingham, grew up in the heart of rural Derbyshire, the Peak District where her mum & dad owned the local village shop. She later moved to the Netherlands where she met Mark and they continued to live there for 20 years before returning and settling in Grampound where Mark's mother has resided for for the past 20 years.
Sarah has always been a country girl with a love of hiking and the outdoors. She is a keen conservationist and passionate environmentalist. She’s frequently seen around Grampound and in the woodlands being accompanied by her parrot and dogs!


Fran Swanson

Friends of the Fal Chair

Environmentalist & Conservationist

Fran was born in Leicestershire and from 6 months old she grew up in a small Oxfordshire village in the countryside. She has always held a passion for wildlife, wildflowers and trees, which is due to having a fantastic nature loving, primary school teacher in her former years.

Her background is in horticulture, especially herbs. 

She moved to Cornwall 28 years ago when she initially came to help a friend start a herb farm in Gunwalloe near Helston which became

Halzephron Herb Farm.

She later went on to have her own herb farm called Planet Herb in Carleen near Helston, where she had the privilege of working with Monty Don from Gardeners World when he was working on a school garden project in Camborne, to which she supplied and planted her herbs.



Environmentalist & Conservationist

Sue is native to the village, born 'down the Mowhay' on a farm in Creed and attended the village school. She has travelled extensively, living and working in Iran, Hong Kong and the USA.

Sue returned to Grampound in 1996.

She was a village hall trustee for three years and is a well known and respected character in the community. 

She knows and loves every inch of historic Grampound, which motivates her to want to make a difference in the area she has always known as home.   

Whatever the weather, every morning Sue feeds the horse, Robins & many other birds on her daily walk along the Fal river and beyond.

They are practically eating out of her hand!

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