I’ve been passionate about gardening and the environment for as long as I can remember. When I was running my PR company in Brighton I would daydream about becoming more resilient, normally while in board meetings, and take any excuse to get outside as much as I could. In 2010 I sold up and jumped from a small, protected south-facing garden in Brighton to a 2.3 acre smallholding, 700ft above sea level in the wild West of Wales. I first documented my experiences in a series of downshifter articles for The Guardian before focusing my attentions on gardening and features writing overall. As well as editing The Organic Way magazine for Garden Organic, I write climate change and resilient growing columns for Grow Your Own and Country Smallholding magazines. I have also penned articles for a range of national publications including The Telegraph and The Lancet. You can find more of my national press writing here through my blog.
I run courses regularly on all things climate change, biodiverse, organic, resilient, wildlife-friendly growing through my climate change training gardens in West Wales, but also for many others including The National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Garden Organic and The Centre for Alternative Technology to name but a few. Polytunnel growing, seed saving, reducing plastic use and small space grow your own also. I regularly conduct webinars for gardening clubs and groups and offer an online climate change and growing under cover course.
As well as commenting and consulting regularly on these issues, I also make videos through my production company on a range of related topics to bring alive my love of savvy, nature-friendly, productive grow your own.
About my climate change gardens in West Wales
My gardens lie 700ft above sea level in the wild West of Wales and are very open to the elements. It’s fair to say they have been front-line to the impact of climate change (and greater extremes of weather over the years). From extreme flooding in 2013, which first set me in the path to researching resilient growing techniques, strong winds, to my private water supply running almost entirely dry in the drought of 2018, when I was able to keep my plants productive and prospering for 6 weeks on one watering a week with the techniques I employ.
My training gardens themselves are truly alive with wildlife, self seeding plants and experimentation. I allow nature in to lend a helping hand and this in turn creates a very productive, resilient, highly nurturing space in which to be. This is gardening from the past for the future for person, plate and planet.