Ruth Tittensor has a botany degree from Oxford University and a Master’s research degree in ecology and landscape history from Edinburgh. After graduating, she has been a consultant ecologist and landscape historian, working mostly in western Scotland and southern England, often running community projects. She has lectured and published widely, and for 20 years ran adult education courses and field trips, exploring the biological and historical basis of ecology and its relevance to modern land management. Her travels have taken her from Poland and Slovakia to China and New Zealand. Oral history has provided another dimension to her research, bringing to the fore the resourcefulness and skills of an older generation still very relevant today.