Name: Felicity Waters
Organisation: Garden Beet
What first triggered your interest in environmental issues?
Very young -cant remember-maybe 8? Studied Urban Planning and have completed a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Have worked in these fields for over 10 years.
What are you working on, concerned by, or motivated by at the moment?
Ensuring that aesthetics & functional spaces are not ignored by the enviornmental movement, especially when it is debatable what is actually 'good' enviornmental design. For example the word 'native'. Er native...what is native in the UK? What is indigenous? Do people even understand the difference? There are many bad examples of public plantings and it is upheld as 'enviornmentally responsible' because 'native' plants are used.
Also interested in the possibilites that vertical gardening offers especially for those who have limited space to grow plants and herbs etc. Vertical Gardens or Green Walls are seen as unsustainable by some experts due to their maintenance requirements
What do you anticipate working on, or thinking about, in relation to environmental issues over the next 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years?
Have started Garden Beet which is a commercial operation that sells contemporary garden accessories. Am very interested in any garden products that allow people to rethink the garden and gardening.
Also write a blog and write about my various opinions on all things design. Will be promoting well designed enviornmentally focussed products.
How optimistic or pessimistic are you as you look at where we might be in 2020, and why?
Optimistic - human's want to survive - science is always evolving
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