We're talking with all sorts of people in all sorts of different ways. It's not just us that believe in great places to live. We have some dedicated ambassadors in Kirstie Allsopp, George Clarke and Diarmuid Gavin who are all helping to spread the sustainability word. Talking about gardens, homes and interiors is an important part of empowering people.
Kirstie Mary Allsopp is a British TV presenter best known for presenting Channel 4 property programmes Location Location Location, Relocation Relocation, Location Revisited & The Property Chain. All but the last were co-presented with Phil Spencer.
She said; "Location Location Location is a mantra I share passionately with The Prince's Foundation. That's because we both believe incredibly strongly that good places to live are not just about your own house but about the community in which your house stands. By that I mean its social life, its local shops and businesses, its open space and the general quality of its streets. Really desirable places have a wonderful mix of well kept houses - yes - but they also have a beating heart - a liveliness which comes from interesting, quality or quirky shops, places that people meet and socialise, gain new skills and interests, perhaps have opportunities to grow food or tend an area of wildlife or woodland. I want to inspire people to make both their homes and their communities better - - from picking up litter to supporting local building craftsmen to getting involved in local planning decisions. That's why I'm an ambassador for The Prince's Foundation - it's a charity that cares about all of this."
George Clarke is an architect, writer and lecturer and one of the most successful property TV presenters on UK television.
After making three successful series of Build A New Life for Five from 2003 to 2006, George became the face of architecture at Channel 4 with the launch of The Home Show in 2008 and the forthcoming launch of Restoration Man in 2009.
He said; "The Prince's Foundation stands for sustainability, community and the construction of buildings that will last for generations....I'm proud to be part of it"
Diarmuid Gavin studied at the College of Amenity Horticulture in Glasnevin, Dublin. He then established his own school of garden design and, later, became famous as a TV presenter. His designs are deliberately quirky, ignoring the traditional twentieth century objective of making a functional space. Instead, he aims to make startling places. To the critic the are spaces containing odd objects (and well-chosen plants) rather than places in which objects and plants are used to define and create outdoor space.
He said; “I am totally behind the Prince’s Foundation’s mission to give everyone the chance to garden – whether in a window box or a two-acre field. I’ll be helping them give communities ideas and inspiration on how to get more from the growing space they have.”
Adam Hunt is a landscape designer and sustainable land-use consultant. He's a co-ordinating member of the Walled Kitchen Garden Network; a founding member of Trees for Cities; and initiated the launch of some of the UK's first farmers markets.
Inspiration for Adam's work as a designer comes from his passion for creating edible landscapes and enhancing natural ecology. He has a passion for the use of natural harmony and geometry in design.
He said; "There is a growing sense of people wanting to slow down and begin to invest in their own sustainable, organic produce and it is this increasing social shift that the Prince's Foundation has recognised and is tapping in to; the importance of making changes for our future and pioneering realistic ways in which this can be done."
Tom Petherick is a garden designer who runs a horticultural consultancy, advising clients on organic horticulture and all aspects of sustainable land use. His clients include the National Trust and in association with Adam Hunt and Lulu Urquhart. The trio concentrate on bringing harmony to landscapes and works closely with the rhythms of nature in the development of its many projects. He's written five books and regularly contributes to national newspapers.
He said; “I think it’s great that the Foundation is extending its work to include not just the design of our homes and communities – but the way we live and engage with nature. The garden brings together nature and the man-made; it’s the place where we can explore our relationship with nature and create a lovely space to enjoy.”