Q&A – How can we make space for nature?

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

At this Q&A, we asked 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‘ your questions about how we can all make space for nature.

This Q&A session was aired live at 2pm on Saturday 3 April and was chaired by Tony Juniper.


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Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper CBE is Chair of Natural England and a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Previously, Tony was the Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK, President of the Wildlife Trusts and Executive Director at Friends of the Earth. He also served as Special Advisor with The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and The Prince’s Rainforests Project. He’s published widely on the topics of conservation and sustainability, in 2017 co-authoring The Ladybird Guide to Climate Change with HRH The Prince of Wales and Dr. Emily Shuckburgh.

Georgie Bray

Georgie is a third generation farmer, 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 farm’s 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.