Greening the City:
Bringing Biodiversity Back
into the Urban Environment
Baines (Baines Environmental Ltd., United Kingdom)
Professor Chris Baines
is one of the UK's leading environmentalists, a qualified horticulturalist
and landscape architect, and an award winning writer and broadcaster.
He began his career in urban parks and in commercial landscape contracting.
He then taught landscape design and management at postgraduate level
until 1986, when he was awarded an honorary professorship from the
University of Central England, but for more than 20 years he has
worked as an independent adviser to industry and to central and
In 1998 Chris was appointed
by Prime Minister Tony Blair as a trustee of the National Heritage
Lottery Fund, and amongst many other good causes, this currently
invests £50 million each year in the renaissance of urban parks.
He was one of the founders of the urban wildlife movement in the
UK and is a national vice president of The Wildlife Trusts. He
is also President of the Thames Estuary Partnership and of the Association
for Environment-conscious Builders. He is the Patron of the Green
Flag awards for excellence in public parks and he is also chairman
of judges for the Green Leaf Housing Awards.
Chris has long-standing
professional links with major companies in the minerals, construction,
energy and water industries, where he works with senior executives
and board members in the field of stakeholder management, market
development and sustainability. He is occasionally invited to advise
government ministers and also contributes to policy development
with government agencies and a number of local authorities, particularly
in the context of sustainable development. His experience across
the public, private and voluntary sectors means that he is frequently
called upon to help in facilitating "joined-up" initiatives and
he particularly enjoys brokering "unholy" alliances.
Baines is a frequent speaker and chair at national and international
conferences, author of the long-established best seller How
to Make a Wildlife Garden and also writes regularly for
a number of publications including the Guardian and the Telegraph,
Country Living, BBC Wildlife and BBC Gardeners' World Magazines.
He has over 20 years experience as a television and radio broadcaster.
Chris is self employed,
and works from home in inner city Wolverhampton. His partner, Nerys
Jones, is Chief Executive of the UK's National Urban Forestry Unit.
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