Join us after work on 4th May at Broadgate Circle, as we bring our Urban Eden alive with an entertaining talk on the subject of wild. From guerilla gardening to adding some much-needed nature to your everyday life, this promises to be an enlightening and fun evening of ideas and conversation.
Featuring Isabella Tree, whose Knepp Castle Estate has been transformed into the largest rewilding project in England; guerrilla gardener Richard Reynolds, who secretly cultivates neglected public flowerbeds in London; and journalist Clover Stroud, who will tell all about the wild journey she embarked upon, age just 16, after her world was turned upside down, have a drink on us and get ready to be inspired.
£5.00 ticket includes a complimentary drink on arrival. So come socialise, network and plant seeds of conversation.
Speaker biographies for 4th May:
Isabella Tree is the author of four non-fiction books. Her fifth book Second Nature – a story of rewilding (to be published by Picador in February 2018) describes the conversion of Knepp Castle Estate, where she lives with her husband the environmentalist Charlie Burrell, from intensive farming to the largest rewilding project in lowland Britain. Just 44 miles from central London, the Knepp Wildland Project has seen the return of some of the rarest species in the UK, including turtle doves, nightingales and purple emperor butterflies, and is changing the way people are thinking about nature conservation.
Richard Reynolds began guerrilla gardening in 2004 - that is he started cultivating the neglected public flowerbeds and roadside verges in his South London neighbourhood. His focus is on enriching neglected public land with more uplifting and bio-diverse habitats and encouraging more people to do the same in a way that is environmentally and socially positive. Richard has a gardening qualification from the Royal Horticultural Society and geography degree from Oxford University. He has gardened since his childhood in Devon. He remains with no private garden of his own. He lives in Elephant and Castle with Lyla. They have both been portrayed in a Liberty fabric called Richard and Lyla illustrated with them planting sunflowers around London landmarks.
Clover Stroud is a journalist who writes for the Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, and Conde Nast Traveller, among others. Her memoir The Wild Other tells how her idyllic childhood in rural England was shattered when a horrific riding accident left her mother permanently brain-damaged. Just 16, she embarked on a journey to find the sense of home that had been so savagely broken. Travelling from gypsy camps in Ireland, to the rodeos of west Texas and then to Russia's war-torn Caucasus, Clover eventually found her way back to England's lyrical Vale of the White Horse. The Wild Other is a grippingly honest account of love, loss, family and the healing strength of nature.
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