“I’m the product of a teacher and a
horticulturist,” says Ben, looking back on his family life near Guildford.
“When I was growing up, nature was always given a special place in our house.
My dad was brought up on a farm, so we spent our summers in rural Devon — much
to the annoyance of my brother and I, who always wanted to go to Centre Parcs!
“Coupled with that, as a child of the late 80s
and early 90s, the early environmental messages about saving the rainforest and
the whales had started.”
Issues that clearly resonated, when he
revisited them after his university studies.