We are passionate about the natural world and believe in the ability of the arts to inspire a better relationship between people and nature. At Ruskin Land, in the Wyre Forest, we aim to become an important source of inspiration to improve peoples’ lives and the natural environment.
Until the end of September 2015 I was Policy and Campaigns Director at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, where I worked intermittently for over 20 years. Before that I was at Common Ground, the arts and conservation charity, contributing to the ‘trees, woods and the green man’ programme of events including helping to initiate the first national Apple Day in 1990. My wife Lynne has worked for almost 40 years in primary schools in Liverpool and east London. She has an arts degree and in recent years has specialised as an advisory teacher on the inclusion of children with additional needs.
We moved from east London to St George’s Farm at the heart of Ruskin Land in July 2015. The land was given to John Ruskin in 1871 by George Baker then Mayor of Birmingham. We feel privileged to be here. Working with colleagues at the Wyre Community Land Trust and the Guild of St George, the charity set up by Ruskin to promote arts, crafts and the rural economy, our ambition is to become an influential rural centre for the arts and environment inspired by Ruskin’s vision to “take some small piece of English ground beautiful, peaceful and fruitful”.
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