Landscape gardener and broadcaster, Mark Lane is Groundwork's Health, Wellbeing and Community Ambassador.
Mark 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 designer in a wheelchair.
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.
Mark is the 'Health, Wellbeing and Community' Ambassador for Groundwork, the community charity with a green heart carrying out thousands of projects each year across the UK, building stronger communities by improving green spaces, and an Ambassador for Thrive the disability charity that uses gardening to positively change lives.
Mark is also a member of the Professional Garden Consultants Association.
Speaking about his role as Groundwork Ambassador, 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."
To find out more about Groundwork's Ambassadors, please click here.