Groundwork has today announced respected broadcaster and landscape designer, Mark Lane, as its first ever Health, Wellbeing & Community Ambassador.
Mark’s ambassadorial role with the charity will see him helping it to meet its strategic objectives by helping to raise awareness of its work with a wider audience.
A prolific writer, Mark has been published in BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Journal, The Garden, Which? Gardening, as well as Landscape & Urban Design magazine and The Guardian newspaper.
Mark is also the first ever BBC gardening presenter in a wheelchair and presents for the BBC at the RHS Flower Shows and on BBC TV Gardeners’ World.
Speaking about his decision to become an ambassador for Groundwork, Mark said:
"I am both delighted and truly honoured to be Groundwork’s first Ambassador.
"Parks, recreation grounds, open spaces and greener landscapes are the breathing green lung of the UK. They have a direct positive effect on health, well-being and community life and spirit. I am therefore excited to be championing and promoting these qualities that come by directly reconnecting people with nature and by transforming entire neighbourhoods.
"I have personally experienced the incredible and life-changing effects that green spaces have on a person’s body and mind. Groundwork really is the community charity with a green heart and I look forward to working with them to safeguard our essential, existing and yet to be created greener landscapes."
Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, added:
"We’re delighted to have attracted someone of Mark’s calibre as our first ever Health, Wellbeing & Community Ambassador. Mark comes with a wealth of experience and also shares our commitment to protecting the future of our parks and open spaces and highlighting the vital role they play in bringing communities together and having a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.
"We look forward to working with Mark to take that message to the widest possible audience and encouraging people to take local action."
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About Mark Lane
Mark Lane graduated from University College London in Art History with B.A. (Hons).
He went on to become the Publishing Director for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Managing Editor for the leading international Arts publisher Thames & Hudson. In 2001 Mark was in a car accident and had to have operations on his spine, which were complicated by him having spina bifida. Following a long 10-year rehabilitation period Mark studied garden design and has become the first recognised UK garden/landscape designer in a wheelchair.
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