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Chris Baines is one of the great pioneers of wildlife gardening. He built the first wildlife garden ever allowed at Chelsea Flower Show in 1985, and in the same year his television programme Bluetits and Bumblebees, and his book, How to Make a Wildlife Garden, inspired many people to begin gardening with wildlife.

After an early career in landscape contracting, Chris taught landscape architecture at post-graduate level until 1986, when he was awarded an honorary personal professorship at Birmingham City University. Since then he has very successfully combined his professional interests in urban design and water management, conservation and popularising environmental issues through skilful evidence-based writing and broadcasting.

Chris is committed to urban wildlife and wildlife gardening and has a lifetime’s involvement with the voluntary sector and with environmental education. Over 30 years ago he co-founded the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and he has been a national vice-president of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts for more than 25 years. He is a former trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and was also a member of the steering board for the BBC's Breathing Places campaign.

He was a founding member of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, the Government's former urban greenspace adviser, and is Honorary President of the Association for Environment Conscious Building. He advises the Department for Communities and Local Government on biodiversity aspects of Ecotowns and is an honorary Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Biology.

In 2004 Chris was presented with the RSPB's annual Medal of Honour for his contribution to nature conservation and sustainable water management. In 2013 he received the Peter Scott Award from the British Naturalists Association. This award is made annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of natural history and conservation.

Chris has had a distinguished broadcasting career, and was an early presenter on the BBC Countryfile programme, which evolved from his original regional series "Your Country Needs You". The Wild Side of Town, which accompanied a five-part television series of the same name, won the U.K. Conservation Book Prize in 1987. In the same year, Chris recorded an album, The Wild Side of Town of the music from his television series, playing spoons and vocals with the folk-rock group Albion. He works from home in inner city Wolverhampton




Chris Baines is one of the great pioneers of wildlife gardening. He built the first wildlife garden ever allowed at Chelsea Flower Show in 1985, and in the same year his television programme Bluetits and Bumblebees, and his book, How to Make a Wildlife Garden, inspired many people to begin gardening with wildlife.

After an early career in landscape contracting, Chris taught landscape architecture at post-graduate level until 1986, when he was awarded an honorary personal professorship at Birmingham City University. Since then he has very successfully combined his professional interests in urban design and water management, conservation and popularising environmental issues through skilful evidence-based writing and broadcasting.

Chris is committed to urban wildlife and wildlife gardening and has a lifetime’s involvement with the voluntary sector and with environmental education. Over 30 years ago he co-founded the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and he has been a national vice-president of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts for more than 25 years. He is a former trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and was also a member of the steering board for the BBC's Breathing Places campaign.

He was a founding member of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, the Government's former urban greenspace adviser, and is Honorary President of the Association for Environment Conscious Building. He advises the Department for Communities and Local Government on biodiversity aspects of Ecotowns and is an honorary Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Biology.

In 2004 Chris was presented with the RSPB's annual Medal of Honour for his contribution to nature conservation and sustainable water management. In 2013 he received the Peter Scott Award from the British Naturalists Association. This award is made annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of natural history and conservation.

Chris has had a distinguished broadcasting career, and was an early presenter on the BBC Countryfile programme, which evolved from his original regional series "Your Country Needs You". The Wild Side of Town, which accompanied a five-part television series of the same name, won the U.K. Conservation Book Prize in 1987. In the same year, Chris recorded an album, The Wild Side of Town of the music from his television series, playing spoons and vocals with the folk-rock group Albion. He works from home in inner city Wolverhampton




Patrons of the Wildlife Gardening Forum

The Forum's Patrons are environmentalist, author and broadcaster Professor Chris Baines, and botanist, horticulturalist and broadcaster Pippa Greenwood.

Professor Chris Baines

In his own Wolverhampton
wildlife garden
Professor Chris Baines

In his own Wolverhampton
wildlife garden
Patron of the Wildlife Gardening Forum

The Forum's Patrons are environmentalist, author and broadcaster Professor Chris Baines, and botanist, horticulturalist and broadcaster Pippa Greenwood
Pippa Greenwood

In typical floral habitat
Pippa Greenwood is best known to all gardeners through her regular appearances on the panel of Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time (GQT), where her erudition on all matters horticultural, and her seeming delight in handling diseased plant specimens, have made her extremely popular.

She studied botany at Durham University, followed by an MSc in crop protection, and ran the RHS Plant Pathology Department at Wisley for 11 years. In that time she must have answered questions about practically all subjects in horticulture, a great training for GQT.

Pippa’s association with the BBC started in 1988 followed by 13 years as a regular presenter on BBC2 Gardeners’ World. Her strong science background meant that for three years she had her own series Growing Science on Radio 4. This makes her a perfect Patron for the Wildlife Gardening Forum, which is at its heart an organisation based around sound science and evidence-based advice.

She has guested on a vast variety of likely and unlikely TV and radio shows and was the gardening consultant for the ITV murder mystery series Rosemary and Thyme, which must have been tremendous fun.

Pippa gardens on a windswept hillside in Hampshire with a strongly alkaline, heavy-clay soil, which proves her determination to overcome all challenges!
Pippa Greenwood is best known to all gardeners through her regular appearances on the panel of Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time (GQT), where her erudition on all matters horticultural, and her seeming delight in handling diseased plant specimens, have made her extremely popular.

She studied botany at Durham University, followed by an MSc in crop protection, and ran the RHS Plant Pathology Department at Wisley for 11 years. In that time she must have answered questions about practically all subjects in horticulture, a great training for GQT.

Pippa’s association with the BBC started in 1988 followed by 13 years as a regular presenter on BBC2 Gardeners’ World. Her strong science background meant that for three years she had her own series Growing Science on Radio 4. This makes her a perfect Patron for the Wildlife Gardening Forum, which is at its heart an organisation based around sound science and evidence-based advice.

She has guested on a vast variety of likely and unlikely TV and radio shows and was the gardening consultant for the ITV murder mystery series Rosemary and Thyme, which must have been tremendous fun.

Pippa gardens on a windswept hillside in Hampshire with a strongly alkaline, heavy-clay soil, which proves her determination to overcome all challenges!
Pippa Greenwood

In typical floral habitat
Pippa Greenwood

In a typical floral habitat