Chris Baines has been a champion of habitat creation and nature conservation for more than 40 years. He created the very first wildlfe garden at the Chelsea Flower Show as long ago as 1985, and his book The Wild Side of Town won the conservation book prize of 1987. Chris trained as a horticulturist and landscape architect at the University of London's former Wye College in Kent. After an early career in public parks and the landscape contracting industry, he taught landscape design and management to postgraduate students and also presented a variety of environmental programmes for TV and radio throughout the 1980s. Since then he has worked as an independent advisor to central and local government and to corporate clients in the utiity, mineral and development industries. Chris is a long-standing national Vice-President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and has been awarded medals of honour by both the RSPB and the British Naturalis Association for his contribution to conservation.