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Celebrated Patrons

Celebrated Patrons:


Sir Nicholas Bacon OBE DL                                                      

Former President of The Royal Horticultural Society, Sir Nicholas first visited the multi-awarding winning 'Allotment Project' at Reepham High School & College in 2019, the school allotment which helped to create The Papillon Project. We are deeply honoured to have his support for our charitable work. Sir Nicholas lives at Raveningham Hall in South Norfolk. The inspirational and celebrated gardens at the Raveningham Estate are open to the public. Sir Nicholas is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk.

David Holmgren

David Holmgren is the co-originator of the permaculture concept following publication of Permaculture One, co-authored with Bill Mollison in 1978. David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, writer and speaker promoting permaculture as a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. Other key publications include Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002) and Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt To Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009) and most recently, RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future (2018).

Richard Powell OBE

Richard is Chair of Wild Anglia and Director of the History of Advertising Trust. Richard chairs New Anglia European Structural Investments Funds Committee for Norfolk and Suffolk and represents all England’s LNP’s on the National European Funding Project Board. He is also the Conservation Lead for the Regional Flood and Coastal Community Committee (Eastern) for the Environment Agency. Richard is passionate about landscape recreation and climate change adaptation and the need to be doing things differently to inspire new and alternative economic, social and environmental agendas. Richard previously spent 28 years as Regional Director of the RSPB and Regional Director for the National Trust in the East of England.  He was Chair of the Region’s Heritage Lottery Fund Committee and a founding board director for EEDA and Sustainability East. Richard has visited the multi-awarding winning 'Allotment Project' at Reepham High School & College and was a guest speaker at the official launch of The Papillon Project. Richard was awarded an OBE for his work in the Environment and Sustainability in June 2005.