New Networks for Nature

New Networks for Nature is a broad alliance of creators (including poets, authors, scientists, film makers, visual artists, environmentalists, musicians and composers) whose work draws strongly on the natural environment.

Its formation grew out of dissatisfaction with the low political priority placed upon nature in the UK. Today our wildlife and landscapes are so often evaluated exclusively in environmental scientific terms when, in fact, they are a resource at the very heart of human creativity. (By this we imply no criticism of the key role played by science in understanding our environment. It is the notion of scientific exclusivity that we seek to challenge).

The multiple impacts of place and the natural world are central to the nationís cultural life. New Networks for Nature wishes to reflect these truths and celebrate them.

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Ruth Padel and Germaine Greer Photo © Tim Birkhead

Our seventh annual symposium, Nature Matters: Place and Belonging, took place in Stamford on 12–14 November 2015.
For photographs, feedback, summaries, links, a storify of tweets and the full programme please see our Events Archive. For biographies of speakers please see Presenters.

Our next annual event, Nature Matters 2016: In Touch with the Wild, will take place in Cambridge, in association with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, on 22–24 September 2016. We will then return to Stamford in November 2017.


George Monbiot and Tony Juniper Photo © Tim Birkhead

A film of the debate ‘The Real Value of Nature’, featuring George Monbiot and Tony Juniper, is available in Presentations.