Environment and resources

Environment and resources

About this theme

This theme covers all aspects of the natural and man-made environment and the resources deriving from it, including environmental development and conservation, sustainability, agriculture, food, climate, and energy. It is one of the eight universal themes which form our grantmaking framework and allow us to address every aspect of society. Fellows’ stories

Fellows' updates August 2023 Fellow update: Leanne Werner

Leanne Werner (CF 2023) has featured in her local newspaper, Southwark News, which outlines how she will be visiting Canada and the USA to explore agricultural techniques. This will include green roofs in Toronto and 'agricultural hoods' in Detroit. Leanne is concerned that we will see food shortages at some point in the near future and as co-founder of urban growing organisation Wilder, she aims to find solutions. In the article Leanne discusses some of the issues affecting food growth such as pesticide use, climate change and the war in Ukraine. On a local level she advocates that Southwark Council should commit to growing ten per cent of the food it consumes, possibly using the techniques used in the cities she visits.

By Leanne Werner, 2023

Fellows' updates July 2023 Fellow's update: Ross Watson

Site Manager with the Woodland Trust Scotland, Ross Watson (CF 2023) has featured in Strathspey & Badenoch Herald. Ross talks about how he will be using his Churchill Fellowship to visit areas in Cambodia, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia to learn more about different models for managing invasive plant removal, with a holistic approach and ensuring sustainability through the involvement of communities, young people and land managers. Ross explains that his interest derives from dealing with the range of invasive plants that live on the sites he manages. He hopes that his learning will enable him to develop projects in two Special Areas of Conservation, removing invasive non-native plants from the sites and the wider landscape. The projects will help to develop training and education opportunities for young people.

By Ross Watson, 2023

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