Our patron

We're very excited to announce our first patron is children's book author and illustrator Lydia Monks. Lydia will be working with us to help encourage more children (and their grown-ups) to get outside in green spaces and help nature where they live.

Lydia Monks

Lydia is an author and illustrator of children’s books. She’s best known for her collaborations with Julia Donaldson. Their most successful title, What the Ladybird Heard, has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Lydia’s latest book, Adoette was inspired by the Sheffield Tree Protests, and the campaign to save the ash tree outside her daughter’s school.

Lydia says: “I think what Anna and the team are doing is so important. We need to encourage children to be enthusiastic about trees and nature. It’s difficult for children growing up in cities when access to nature is not always easy. If we can bring a bit of nature into schools, hopefully we can inspire children to cherish the precious natural environment around us”.

Favourite tree: “I love an ancient oak tree and the thought of all it has seen its lifetime.”

Visit lydiamonks.com to find out more about Lydia’s work.

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