|An historic reformer
I'm lucky enough to be a part of the #iwill campaign as an #iwill ambassador. It's particularly good to be part of it this year as it is also the #Yearof GreenAction. One of the many partners this year is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and I was proud to be a part of the #yearofgreenaction launch earlier in the year.
|Lord Gardiner of Kimble and me
|A modern day reformer - I was really
struck by the silent determination
of this guy protesting outside
|Lord Gardiner presenting the People
& the Dales project with their award.
This is just one area where more could be done and we have so much space I find it hard to believe we can't make room for raptors and other species. I also mention Beavers, and I'm really pleased that they are back in North Yorkshire and doing what they do, slowing the flow of water from our uplands to villages and communities that have suffered flooding.
It was great to have the chance to speak so a big thank you to #iwill, Defra, and the Campaign for National Parks.
In my talk as well I mentioned something I have coming up that I'm looking forward to, and that is the chance to run some smart phone photography workshops in Nidderdale. This is courtesy of Kew's Grow Wild project and supported by another project I'm involved with as a youth patron - The Wild Watch. The idea is to get more people appreciating the importance of our wild flowers and it's a great chance to get more young people appreciating our wildlife and the landscapes they live in.
I decided on a photography workshop as it's something I do quite a bit of! I thought I'd use smartphones as most people (or their parents) have them and it would be good to use phones to connect people to nature. Often they are seen as part of a problem of people being disconnected from the real world with their constant access to email and social media etc. so I wanted people to see how they can be used to help - I will try and squeeze in a bit of phone based citizen science as well if I can :-)
Any how, I had a little try out of the clip-on macro lenses that will be part of the workshops around my garden - I don't think the results are too bad!
If you live in the Nidederdale/North Yorkshire area or know some young people (5-11 year olds) that would like to tale part, the events are on the 5th and 12th August and are free. You can book at place at:
Hope you enjoyed.