“The potential in a seed is immense. What’s great is that surprise and delight when the seeds explode into lots of flowers.”

Richard has worked on the wild planting project since it began in 2000 as a Millennium project, first near Liverpool, now at the Eden Project in Cornwall. It aims to reverse ecological decline, and bring wildflowers back into the UK’s living culture.

Working in deprived areas of the UK and Europe, Richard preaches “creative conservation” – the craft and care of making change, and passing on skills for others to do the same.

“The world is full of talk of mass extinctions. It’s hard to see a butterfly in the UK now. But by doing this, remarkable things can happen. Bees, butterflies and birds reappear if you make this effort, and it doesn’t need to cost very much. It connects people back to the land.”

Photography by Jody Daunton