Joanna Lumley, OBE, FRGS

An English actress, voice-over artist and author, best known for her roles in the British television series Absolutely Fabulous portraying Edina Monsoon’s best friend, Patsy Stone, as well as parts in The New Avengers, Sapphire & Steel, and Sensitive Skin.

She has spoken out as a human rights activist for Survival International and the Gurkha Justice Campaign, and is now considered a “national treasure” of Nepal because of her support.

Lord Walton of Detchant

Lord Walton of Detchant was our patron and supporter and he has passed away aged 93 years old after a sudden illness.  Lord Walton gave assistance to ERS to launch our programmes at the House of Lords in November 2007.  The woodlands and the wildflower meadows would not be growing today without his help.  He personally supported the charity every month and was always keen to hear about our latest developments and updates.  All of us have been grateful to have him as a patron and we will miss him greatly.

Here is his obituary written in the Telegraph:

“Lord Walton of Detchant, who has died aged 93, was a leading neurologist and the only person to have been president of the British Medical Association, the Royal Society of Medicine and the General Medical Council during his career; he also served as Warden of Green College, Oxford, from 1983 to 1989.

John Walton originally planned to become a paediatrician but while completing his medical training in Newcastle he came under the influence of Professor Fred Nattrass and decided to specialise in neurology. During his first few years of medical research he endeavoured to identify all of the patients with neuromuscular disease in the North East of England and discovered that many who had been thought to be suffering from muscular dystrophy were in fact suffering from inflammatory disorders such as polymiositis or dermatomyositis with symptoms that could mimic those of muscular dystrophy.”

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martinshawredDr. Martin Shaw

Dr Martin Shaw is a leading mythologist, author and teacher. With a keen love of the natural world, he spent four years living in a black tent exploring small pockets of English wilderness. Visiting fellow at Schumacher college, he founded the Oral Tradition course at Stanford University and has lectured on the Desmond Tutu leadership programme at Templeton College, Oxford.

Author of the award winning A Branch From The Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower and Scatterlings, his Celtic lyric poem translations have been wildly published. Much of his work pursues the belief that mythology is the heart of ecology. Robert Bly describes him as “a true master, one of the very greatest storytellers we have.”