The people behind

Forest Garden – an edible ecosystem on our doorsteps


Dr John Parry MBE With a background in TV, academia and teacher-training, followed by a vision to create a community environmental change centre in Lewes, East Sussex, John was a founding member of the Railway Land Wildlife Trust. He has had direct experience of environmental education policy making and has engaged students of all ages over many years with his mix of theoretical background, conceptual reach and practical experience on the ground. He is currently convenor of a role model elective at the University of Sussex.

Sharifin C. Gardiner MA Hons Oxon, Dip Ag Econ. Worked as a rural development consultant in sixteen countries on behalf of international development agencies and DIFD. He was first director then chairman of Susila Dharma International Association , with 47 projects in 28 different countries supporting global health, education and communities in need susiladharma.org and is currently a Trustee of SD Britain. He is a trustee of Nchima Trust, mainly supporting girls’ education in Malawi, nchimatrust.org. Sharifin is an active campaigner for ecological and humanitarian causes.

Daphne Lambert has been a chef for over 35 years many of which were spent running her multi award winning, organic restaurant on the Welsh borders. After qualifying as a medicinal nutritionist in 1990 Daphne worked with both individuals and organisations bringing alive the connections between soil, food & health. She is the founding member of the food education charity, Greencuisine Trust, where she works to lower the impact our food choices have on the environment. Her latest book, ‘Living Food, a feast for soil & soul’ was published in 2016.

Deborah Smith worked for twenty years as a cross-sectoral project manager and consultant in economic development and corporate responsibility in areas of social challenge, such as human rights and environmental impacts in global supply chains, public health and corporate governance & accountability. She has an RHS Diploma in Horticulture, is a trustee of the Wildlife Gardening Forum and has been a committed wildlife gardener for more than ten years.

Margaret J Tyzack More spent most of her working life as co-owner/ manager of assorted retail outlets eventually retiring from White Earth esoteric shop. She studied Homa Farming in rural India and medical dowsing with renowned healer Jack Temple. Team member of ‘Cuckfield Local’ initiating and supporting a monthly food market, planting wild flowers to support bees and selling over 1000 cotton bags. For several years Margaret wrote the Village Green article in ‘Cuckfield Life’ magazine.


Kate Pincott

Kate is a product designer and curator. She has been designing digital experiences for the last 10 years working for global brands, start ups as well as her own design consultancy for 4 yrs. She curated ‘This Happened’ a design talk series for 4 yrs alongside over 5 panel discussions at the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the London Design Festival. She is now researching ways designers can help the climate crisis through a new talk series called Earth Happened https://www.earthhappened.com


Tony Whitbread

Dr Tony Whitbread has worked for the Sussex Wildlife Trust for 27 years, being chief executive for 12. Before that he worked for the Wildlife Trusts national office and the then Nature Conservancy Council. He has represented the Wildlife Trusts nationally, regionally and locally on Forestry Commission, National Ecosystem Assessment Environment Agency and National Park forums, and has chaired the Sussex Local Nature Partnership.


Abdollah Nafisi

Abdollah Nafisi is a designer and woodworker, a member of the Green Growth Platform and leader of workshops and talks at venues such as the Weald and Downland Living Museum. His exceptionally high quality work draws on inspiration from Persian Rugs, travel in the Iranian desert, Islamic art, Japanese joinery and nature herself.

Garden designer: Juliet Sargeant FSGD

We are delighted to have secured the talent of Juliet Sargeant whose Modern Slavery Garden won Gold & the People’s Choice Award at Chelsea in 2016. The garden led to 8 minutes of prime time exposure for the sponsor’s on BBC1. As a former medical doctor, Juliet has a long-standing interest in gardens & health. She is one of the BBC Gardeners World team and TV garden presenter. As a previous chair of the society of garden designers and a current RHS judge and selector, Juliet is well placed to weave the intricate strands of a forest garden in a way that will excite and enthuse.


A Forest Garden for Chelsea 2020 is a wonderful idea and raising such awareness is so important to us all – it is a very exciting project and I wish you huge success with it.’ Dame Judi Dench

Project leader: Dr John Parry MBE. jmparry@btinternet.com

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