Who We Are


RICHARD MABEY is Britain’s foremost nature writer. His many books include The Cabaret of Plants, Flora Brittanica, The Unofficial Countryside and Nature Cure.


ANGELA KING started work as a fashion designer and buyer in New York before becoming the Friends of the Earth first Wildlife Campaigner for England. She was then actively campaigning with Friends of the Earth and jointly initiated and ran the Friends of the Earth Otter Project and then went on to be consultant to Earth Resources Research and Nature Conservancy Council until Common Ground was founded in 1983.

SUE CLIFFORD has been working in environmental planning and architecture for the past 40 years. She has served on many advisory bodies including for the Arts Council Visual Arts Panel, the Heritage Lottery Local Heritage Initiative, the Design Review Panel for CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Regional Cultural Consortium for the South West. In 1994 gained the MBE for services to the environment.

ROGER DEAKIN (1943-2006) was an editor, filmmaker and writer, perhaps best-known for his acclaimed book Waterlog: a swimmer’s journey through Britain and Wildwood: a journey through trees. He joined Friends of the Earth in 1978. where he planned campaigns and edited various publications. He was also musical advisor to the Aldeburgh Foundation on folk music and jazz, and produced a series of concerts and broadcasts at Snape Maltings by Carole King, the Chieftains, Kate and Anna McGarrigle. He was a regular contributor to the Financial Times, The Independent, Guardian and BBC Wildlife, and wrote and lectured on environmental education for the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the Nuffield Foundation.


NEIL SINDEN is a trustee of Civic Voice, the umbrella group for local civic societies, and was Director of Policy and Campaigns at the CPRE until September 2015, leading campaigns on planning, housing, and the rural environment. He worked at Common Ground in the 1980s on the ‘Trees, Woods and the Green Man’ programme and helped organise the first national Apple Day in 1990.

TIM DEE was a BBC radio producer and the author of The Running Sky and Four Fields, and co-editor with Simon Armitage of The Poetry of Birds.

GARETH EVANS is a London-based writer, curator, producer, publisher and event host. He works on special projects for the London Review of Books.


ADRIAN COOPER is the Executive Director of Common Ground and the founder-publisher of Little Toller Books.

GRACIE BURNETT is the Artistic Director of Common Ground, and is also a textile designer and founding member of the Ethical Fashion Foundation.