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Voices in rewilding

28 March 2023

In preparation for our rewilding newsletter and podcast, we asked the twitter hive mind to recommend some people working in rewilding that we could pick the brains of. We were overwhelmed not only by the amount of replies we got, but the sheer breadth of a topic we knew little about to begin with! So in the list below we’ve done our best to share the details of some brilliant minds working in rewilding.


Elaine Cresswell
Enthusiastic Landscape Architect & Liverpool resident, Design Council / Places Matter! Expert, director of @reshapedlandarc

Kevin Barton
Landscape Architect specialising in climate resilience, creative rainwater (SuDS WSUD) & Blue-green Infrastructure. Director at Robert Bray Associates.

SMM Australia
Spackman Mossop Michaels is an international office for landscape architecture and urban design.

James Lord
Partner at HTA Design LLP, landscape architect with some great takes on combining play and wilder environments to bring us all closer to nature.

Sarah Jones-Morris FLI
Multi award-winning director @LandsmithAssocs a landscape architecture and urban design consultancy and limited company based in Bristol with projects located in Wales and England.

Bridget Snaith
Partner at Shape landscape architects. Since starting in 1997 much of their work has addressed worn or dysfunctional public space in parks and housing estates: aiming to bring about positive change, in increased use and involvement, in renewed identity, care and investment.

Claire Thirwall
Landscape architect and Director of Thirlwall Associates. Claire writes extensively on landscape architecture and sustainability.

Fiona Weir
Landscape Architect – creating a wildlife garden across Glasgow and Edinburgh.

J&L Gibbons
An award winning Landscape Architecture studio based in London.


Cristina Monteiro
Cristina’s work explores the complex history and ecology of places and she is a champion of equitable access to nature.

The Other Dada
Going beyond traditional architecture, The Other Dada employ a holistic and biomimetic design approach with nature and people at its core


Peter Massini
Freelance consultant on green infrastructure, ecology and nature-based solutions.


Grass Roof Co (John Little)
Brownfield gardener

Urban Canopy
Urban Canopy create gardens and engage communities with horticulture, art and education in public spaces.

Sophie Leguil
Freelance botanist, horticulturist, science writer, translator, photographer & wildlife tour leader.

Joshua Styles
Plant obsessive, ecologist and science communicator

Vijay Dhasmana
Rewilder, eco-restoration practitioner

Jake Robinson
A microbial ecologist and author of ‘Invisible Friends: How Microbes Shape Our Lives and the World Around Us’

Laura Hamilton-O’Hara
Social Ecologist with a deep interest in human potential & doing good. CEO of @LivingFutureAus

Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston
The Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston are creating a healthy Regent’s Canal for wildlife & people.

Nik Thomson
Nik’s career to date has been driven by a desire to experience as fully as possible the fascinating world of plants and gardens and to pass on his enthusiasm, knowledge and skills in managing beautiful gardens and training the next generation of gardeners.

Kevin Frediani
Curator of Botanic Garden & Grounds in Dundee.

Tree Musketeers
Volunteers who grow, plant & care for hundreds (thousands?) of the trees in Hackney parks, commons, orchards & woodlands.


Sean McCormack
Conservationist, Vet, Presenter – Sean is a passionate advocate for nature and animal welfare who delights in engaging others.

John Fellowes
Conservationist, ecologist, zoologist, out to make the human footprint positive

Lorna Griffiths
Wildlife conservationist & lover of small mammals. @NottsDormice


Frome Town Council
The Wild about Frome project, encouraging biodiversity in Frome’s different green spaces from parks and play areas to riverside meadows.

Elliot Newton
Biodiversity Officer for @RBKingston ; Co-founder of @Citizenzoo

Green Minds Plymouth
Green Minds is testing innovative nature based solutions in urban environments. A partnership led by Plymouth City Council, funded by the ERDF UIA programme.

Nature Plymouth
Part of Plymouth City Council, Nature Plymouth work to improve Plymouth’s natural spaces and get people out & about splishing, sploshing and smiling.

Alex Collis (Cambridge City Council)
Deputy Leader Cambridge City Council / Exec Cllr for Open Spaces


Usman Haque
Founder of @umbrellium – a design & build studio dedicated to transforming urban environments & getting communities meaningfully involved.

Jack Wallington
Designer, gardener and nature writer

Edible Bus Stop
Award winning spacial design studio transforming urban spaces into biodiverse inclusive places

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Rachel and Paul Lawston
Rachel: Children’s Author | Book Designer | Illustrator | Nature Advocate | Education Volunteer
Paul: Connecting people to nature at WWT London Wetland Centre and beyond. Photos of flowers, inverts, grainy birds and space.

Jo Birch
Inclusive, diverse space & place: nature / mental health & wellbeing /land & water/ childhood & youth/ change & evaluation. Environment sector.

Juliet Staples of Urban GreenUP
Learning from nature how cities can mitigate and adapt to climate change via #NatureBasedSolutions & renaturing urban plans.

Laura Curtis-Moss
Environmental and outdoor education advocate. Director @2050ClimateGrp, Co-Chair @FoEScot

Dan Raven-Ellison
Chief Exploration Officer @SlowWaysUK, #NationalParkCity Founder, Guerrilla Geographer & @NatGeo Explorer.

Ken Greenaway at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Daniel Greenwood
Freelance writer, photographer, guided walk leader and public speaker. Daniel produces a podcast called Unlocking Landscapes

Erin McDaid
Enthusiastic if exasperated environmentalist

Joyce Hostyn
Co-founder #LittleForestsKingston. Collaborations between plants, soil, organisms, climate, geology, land & people.


Bethany Anderson
Project Manager- Edible Landscapes London, and Vice Chair @FinsParkFriends

Fruit Routes
Fruit Routes is a project to make Loughborough Uni an edible campus. Created and coordinated by artist Anne-Marie Culhane working with LU Sustainability Team.

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Adam Pickering
Partnerships Manager & Environment Editor @leftlion, Green Hustler @greenhustlefest – Nottingham’s festival of green ideas, community projects and creativity.

Ian Tattum
Vicar who writes about Nature and travel and reviews. Occasional poet. Weary of dogmatism but enchanted by this island earth

Richard Louv
Author: Our Wild Calling, Vitamin N, Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle. Co-founder Children & Nature Network


Changing Chalk Partnership
Changing Chalk is a partnership connecting nature, people and heritage on and around the South Downs.

Citizen Garden
Nature defending itself in a world made for cars – a parklet project that started in Belgium.

NHS Forest
The NHS Forest inspires and supports healthcare sites in transforming their green space for health, wellbeing and biodiversity.

The Orchard Project
Bringing orchards into the heart of urban communities. Supporting communities to plant, restore, maintain & celebrate orchards in England, Scotland, & Wales.

Redfern’s new indigenous rooftop teaching communities about place

Prince Alfred Park, Sydney
The park been redesigned to embrace its agricultural roots, as well as the needs of the contemporary community.

Daubeney Fields, Hackney
Gardening Together for Wildlife

Wild in the City
Wellbeing through relationships with nature. People of Colour in Nature-Nature & Health. Bushcraft, Natural History, Ecotherapy, Hiking.

Connecting Nature
Coordinated by Trinity College Dublin, Connecting Nature is a consortium of 30 partners within 16 European countries, and hubs in Brazil, China, Korea & The Caucasus (Georgia and Armenia). We are co-working with local authorities, communities, industry partners, NGOs and academics who are investing in large scale implementation of nature–based projects in urban settings.

Eadha Enterprises
Eadha is Gaelic for the aspen tree. Eadha grow and plant aspens and other rare native trees to regenerate land and communities.

Every Tree Tells a Story
Engaging communities to map & record stories of trees around Glasgow.

Earthwatch Europe
Earthwatch is an environmental charity with science at its heart. We drive the change needed to live within our means and in balance with nature.


Black and Green ambassadors
Connecting, empowering & celebrating diverse leadership & community action on environmental issues in Bristol & beyond, supported by @UjimaRadio

Red Ecofeminista (Madrid)
Network of independent women who seek to promote knowledge, social awareness and practical commitment to the values of critical ecofeminism.

Ellen Miles
Activist fighting for nature in neighbourhoods.

Nature is a Human Right
Green space is vital to our welfare but millions are being deprived of it .Let’s make nature contact a right for all.


Wilder create spaces for wildlife, to improve biodiversity in the city.

Jo Smith
CEO @derbyswildlife
Driving change & mobilising communities to ensure a #WilderFuture

Mark Cridge
Executive Director of the National Park City Foundation @NatParkCityFdn
and London National Park City @LondonNPC

Building with Nature
Putting nature at the heart of development in a way that’s good for people and for wildlife. We do that through the Building with Nature Standards, which provide planners and developers with evidence-based, how-to, guidance on delivering high quality green infrastructure.

Snapdragons Plymouth CIC
A project that encompasses just so many wonderful things! Steiner inspired children’s centre, red tent, green man circle Woodcraft folk, forest school and more.

Pollenize CIC
Pollenize CIC is an award-winning pollinator conservation organisation. They bring together the power of community and science to combat pollinator decline!

Nature-based Solutions
Linking science, policy and practice of #naturebasedsolutions to societal challenges

RSPB Glasgow
@RSPBGlasgow Team reached out to early years, schools and communities. Planting the seed, nurturing nature enthusiasm, celebrating positive impacts and learning along the way.
Contacts: Kate Kirkwood, Laura Curtis-Moss

London Wildlife Trust
Protecting London’s wildlife for the future. Contact: Mathew Frith

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Andy Ames, Wilder Communities Officer, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Wild Intrigue
Wildlife experiences to rewild everyone in The North Community Interest Company (not-for-profit)

Nature Nurture
Nature Nurture are on a mission to connect urbanites across the UK with the nature on their doorstep.

Dingy Butterflies
Dingy Butterflies CIC is a social enterprise developing creative community projects in Gateshead.

Forth Environment Link
Scottish Charity based in Forth Valley. We connect people and place on actions that make a positive response to the climate emergency

Grow N22
Grow N22 C.I.C exists to transform unlikely, disused and neglected spaces across Haringey into vibrant community gardens.

Blue Green Glasgow
A community interest company restoring post-industrial land at the Glasgow Govan Graving Docks by building wetland ecosystems for climate adaptation.


Tim Waterman
Landscape and landship, food, utopias. Chair of @aboutlandscape. Associate Professor of Landscape Theory @BartlettUCL

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Artistic encounters focusing on the natural world, human health & wellbeing. Artist/ Artistic Director Amy Shelton.

Bridget McKenzie
Artist, educator, researcher. @ClimateMuseumUK @FlowAssociates

Kevin Leomo
Kevin is a sound artist exploring the relationship between acoustic ecology, noise pollution and natural sounds in cities.

Barbara Keating
Beekeeper, artist and wild swimmer


Dr Mike Hardman
Senior Lecturer in Urban Geography @SalfordUni | #Urbanag #Guerrillagardening #Cities #GI | Co-lead for the Salford Care + Urban Farm Hub

Julian Agyeman
Who can belong in our cities will determine what our cities can become. @TuftsUEP
critical #urbanplanning prof who uses #justsustainabilities to shine a light.
Check out our interview with Julian here.

Blanche Cameron
Environmental design @BartlettArchUCL

Michael J Richardson
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. Researching masculinities, intergenerational relations & creative engagement. Trainee Beekeeper @NEYDandL

Marta Tafalla
Writing & teaching Philosophy at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona: environmental aesthetics, environmental ethics, rewilding, animal rights, human rights.

Miles Richardson
Professor of Human Factors & Nature Connectedness @DerbyUni. Improving connection to (the rest of) nature to unite human & nature’s wellbeing.

Prof Nick Tyler
Nick Tyler’s research investigates the ways in which people interact with their immediate environments.
Director of PEARLPEARL (Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory)