Sir Tim Smit and Jamie Quince-Starkey will be meeting around a virtual kitchen table to talk about nature and its importance in our everyday lives.
They will chat about the work Jamie has done with The Down to Earth Project, its impact so far, and why he thinks our connection with nature is so important.
Sir Tim Smit
Sir Tim Smit is best known for his achievements in Cornwall. He ‘discovered’ and then restored ‘The Lost Gardens of Heligan’ with John Nelson, which is now one of the UK’s best loved gardens having been named ‘Garden of the Year’ by BBC Countryfile Awards (March 2018). Tim is Executive Vice-Chair and Co-founder of the multi award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall. Since its opening in 2001, over 22 million people have come to see a once sterile pit, turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and starting architecture symbolic of human endeavour. Tim is also Executive Co-Chair for Eden Project International which aims to have an Eden Project on every habited continent by 2025.
Jamie is a nature enthusiast and the creator of The Down to Earth Project in Derby. Three years ago Jamie developed the idea in his back garden whilst growing food, he wanted to find a way of reconnecting people with nature, community and themselves; as ultimately we are all part of the natural world that surrounds us. He sees the disconnection humans have made with nature as the underlying problem for the many issues we face as a species today. Jamie’s journey so far has led to him setting up three community allotment plots, organising group rambles into the Peak District, creating a documentary film about his project, and hosting talks on his experiences.