Working with Nature; from wildlife gardening to the wider lands – Illustrated Talk

Working with Nature; from wildlife gardening to the wider lands – Illustrated Talk

Canterbury Horticultural Society, Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture and Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are pleased to present an illustrated talk by Chris Baines.

Working with Nature; from wildlife gardening to the wider landscape

Tuesday 26 November 2019 7.30pm

Chris Baines has been championing the links between people and nature for more than 40 years. In this illustrated talk he will provide a practical insight into the development of wildlife gardening in the UK and he will also describe the ways in which nature is influencing a whole range of landscape issues, from public health and education to water catchment management and coastal defence.

Chris Baines – A Life of Wildlife Gardening Video

Cost $5 Members $10 Non Members
The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (just over the footbridge by the Armagh Street carpark)


Professor Chris Baines

Chris Baines is regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent environmentalists. He is an award- winning writer and broadcaster and has been a high profile champion of urban ecology, wildlife gardening and the importance of green infrastructure for more than 40 years. He is a national vice president of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, president of the Thames Estuary Partnership and has received both the Sir Peter Scott lifetime achievement award and the RSPB annual medal for his contribution to conservation and sustainability.

Chris first promoted the idea of wildlife gardening on BBC TV Gardeners’ World as long ago at 1979. He created the very first wildlife garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 1985 and his bestselling book How to Make a Wildlife Garden has been in print ever since. It has recently been published in an updated and redesigned edition as the Royal Horticultural Society’s Companion to Wildlife Gardening. His book The Wild Side of Town won the UK’s first conservation book prize and his Children’s TV series, The Ark won an International Wildscreen Award. His film the Living Thames has an introduction by Sir David Attenborough and recently won the UK Charity Films award.

Chris is a horticulturist and a landscape architect by profession and works as an independent adviser to senior executives in the water, minerals, energy and housing industries. He is also an adviser to the UK government and to the National Trust. He is widely travelled and is frequently employed as a broker of creative partnership between the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK.

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