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Patrons of the Wildlife Gardening Forum

Forum members visiting the Natural History Museum's
 Wildlife Garden during a summer conference.


Sarah runs a garden and cookery school at Perch Hill , and is a guest presenter on BBC Two's Gardeners' World. She writes a weekly column for The Daily Telegraph. The late lamented gardener Christopher Lloyd, a near-neighbour of Sarah’s at Great Dixter, described her as "really energetic and creative ... promoting a more dynamic and showy style of gardening than has been fashionable for many years".

Sarah became committed to garden wildlife, and especially pollinator decline, when filming “Rivers of Flowers”, which the BBC screened in 2008. She went on to make "Bees Butterflies and Blooms" (with some Forum member involvement), a major three part series which screened in February 2012. This ground-breaking series looked at pollinator problems in gardens, communities and farmland, and Sarah succeeded in persuading town councilors to plant wildlife friendly borders instead of the standard carpet bedding of refined plants of no value to pollinating insects.

Sarah was also the originator of the “Perfect for Pollinators” project managed by the Royal Horticultural Society to help people pick garden plants that will be of benefit to pollinating insects.

Sarah’s publications include The Cutting Garden, The Bold and the Beautiful Garden, The Great Vegetable Plot and Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook which was named Cookery Book of the Year by the Food Writers' Guild in 2008. She recently published "Sarah Raven's Wild flowers" with Jonathan Buckley, a beautifully illustrated book with flowers described by habitats.

...bringing nature closer to home
Forum Patron
Sarah Raven
Photographed in her Cutting Garden at Perch Hill Farm near Burwash Green in Sussex