An advisory expert on the environment with links to energy and construction industries, writer and broadcaster Chris Baines works in close connection with central and local government. He played a major role in the planning of the London 2012 Olympic Village. In addition, he chaired the independent design review panel for the largest new housing development in the Thames Gateway. Passionate about urban environments he has particular interests in retirement housing, tree conservation, landscape architecture and built the first ever wildlife garden at Chelsea Flower Show.
The director of Chris Baines Associates, he is a former senior advisor and panel member of the Heritage Lottery Fund, former director of Baines Environmental Ltd and former senior lecturer at the City of Birmingham Polytechnic. His specialist topics of speech include sustainable land and water management and the environmental impact of construction projects. A Highly motivational speaker.
One of the country’s top independent environmentalists, award-winning Chris Baines can include the titles of horticulturalist, landscape architect, naturalist, television presenter and author to his list of considerable credits.
Early experience gained in working with the local parks department, sparked his interest in studying horticulture and landscape architecture at university. This led to landscape contracting involving a number of years greening desert landscapes in the Middle East and community landscaping, transforming inner-city housing estates.
In 1980, Chris became a founder member of the Urban Wildlife Group now known as the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, starting a trend for similar groups to spring up nationwide.
The following few years saw Chris develop his television and broadcasting career presenting such programmes as Countryfile and also create the first ever wildlife garden to be built at Chelsea Flower Show.
The Director of Chris Baines Associates, he is a former senior advisor and panel member of the Heritage Lottery Fund, former director of Baines Environmental Ltd and former senior lecturer at the City of Birmingham Polytechnic.
In his role as an environmental campaigner, Chris is renowned for championing the cause to stop cable TV and other utility companies from damaging tree roots in urban areas in addition to promoting the concept of urban forestry in the UK. Not surprisingly therefore, he has shown a major commitment to urban wildlife and wildlife gardening.
In an advisory capacity he has also worked alongside government ministers, local councils and senior executives in major water, minerals, finance, construction and housing companies on environmental practice and has been particularly active in the environmental house-building and development industry.
As well as writing a number of books, Chris also frequently writes for BBC Gardeners World, BBC Wildlife and Country Living magazines.
His specialist topics of speech include sustainable land and water management and the environmental impact of construction projects. A Highly motivational speaker.