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Helen Neave

Director, Make it Wild

Helen, a former consultant surgeon, has always been passionate about nature – in 2011 she and her husband bought 10 Ha and planted 20,000 trees. Inspired by the resulting explosion in biodiversity, the couple set up ‘Make it Wild’ in 2017. They now own over 160 Ha in North Yorkshire, managed entirely for Nature. They’ve planted 60,000 trees, dug ponds, restored wildflower meadows, protected ancient woodland, and rewilded land, helped by their conservation grazing team of Belted Galloway cows and Exmoor ponies. They offer tree dedications and carbon offsetting through tree planting, woodland wellbeing activities, and an eco-friendly holiday cottage.

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