Do you have questions about how to make space for nature?

Come along to the live Q&A with Georgie Bray who has spoken about ‘Farming for biodiversity‘ and Georgina Mayhew – she works at the Endangered Landscape Programme who spoke about ‘Restoring landscapes for life‘. Ask them your questions about how we can all make space for nature. This session will be chaired by Tony Juniper.

This will be airing at 2pm on Saturday 3 April.


Photo left to right: Tony Juniper, Georgie Bray & Georgina Mayhew

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Welcome to Making space for nature

As an introduction to Earth Optimism's session on Making Space for Nature, the Chair of England's statutory nature conservation agency and former Friends of the Earth Director Tony Juniper explains how ambitious new initiatives are aiming to restore natural habitats across the country.

Farming for biodiversity

The RSPB purchased Hope Farm 20 years ago, to identify and demonstrate how to farm profitably while addressing the loss of farmland wildlife. Farm manager Georgie Bray explains how their efforts have since seen the recovery and return of declining farmland populations and a 400% increase in butterflies. Now attention is turning to ways of maintaining production and biodiversity in the face of escalating climate change.

Restoring landscapes for life

We visit three of Europe's newest and largest habitat restoration schemes with the Endangered Landscape Programme, and find out their plans for restoring biodiversity and the benefits it brings to people in some of the most exciting conservation programmes on the continent.

Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper CBE is Chair of the official nature conservation agency Natural England. Before taking up this role in April 2019 he was the Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK, a Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and President of the Wildlife Trusts. Until January 2018 he was an independent sustainability and environment advisor, including as Special Advisor with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit.

Juniper speaks and writes widely on conservation and sustainability themes and is the author of many books, including the multi-award winning bestseller ‘What has Nature ever done for us?’ published in 2013. Tony began his career as an ornithologist, working with Birdlife International. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth, initially leading the campaign for the tropical rainforests, and from 2003–2008 was the organisation’s executive director. From 2000–2008 was Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International.

He was the first recipient of the Charles and Miriam Rothschild medal (2009) and was awarded honorary Doctor of Science degrees from the Universities of Bristol and Plymouth (2013). The Ladybird guide to climate change, co-authored with HRH The Prince of Wales and Emily Shuckburgh, was published in January 2017. His latest book, ‘Rainforest‘, was published in April 2018. In 2017 he was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

Georgie Bray

Georgie is a third generation farming, having lived and grown up on a small arable farm in North Essex before taking her Zoology masters’ degree at the University of Nottingham. She since started working with the RSPB in 2017, working as an assistant and now farm manager at Hope Farm. Now, she oversees the land management on the farms’ research projects, working with the contractor on both the cropping and conservation operations, and the communications strategy on the farm. Georgie also manages and advises on the environmental management back on the family farm at home.

Georgina Mayhew

Georgina is the Programme Coordinator for the Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP), a grant-making programme which supports landscape-scale restoration initiatives across Europe and is managed by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Georgina coordinates grant-making processes and capacity building initiatives for the ELP, and also takes a lead on programme-level communications. She also has further experience in Learning and Development from her time in the private sector, where she developed online training content and programmes for consultant staff. She holds a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Environment and Development, representing a balanced background across natural and social science disciplines. Her core interests lie in environmental conservation and recovery, and how these areas intersect with psychological wellbeing and the power of positive storytelling.