Journey as an Ambassador
Due to his love of trees and woodland settings, James contacted The Tree Council, seeing a connection between his environmental art and the values of The Tree Council. With the Young Tree Champion programme recently underway, James was an ideal ambassador with a passion for communicating an important message widely and in a creative and accessible way.
Since becoming a Young Tree Champion Ambassador, James has been extremely busy raising awareness of environmental issues and encouraging young people to become a ‘Force For Nature’. He has designed the Young Tree Champion t-shirt, spoken to thousands of young people as part of our ‘Force For Nature’ festivals and connected with schools over Zoom.
After being nominated by The Tree Council, James was named as one of 26 One Step Greener Ambassadors for Cop26. This involved James attending an event at Downing Street hosted by the Prime Minister, sharing his work as an artist and as a Young Tree Champion Ambassador.
Not only has James communicated his environmental messages through his art, James has designed the very first PECS® (picture exchange communication system) symbols to help children and young people with complex communication needs to understand the environmental crisis and begin to communicate their passion for action. This innovative development allows all young people to join in the climate and nature debates and become a ‘Force For Nature’.
Recently, James’ ‘Waste to Wall’ exhibition has been on display at Fountain’s Abbey, North Yorkshire and The Image Collective Gallery in Leith, Edinburgh. He is also starting a year’s ‘Artist in Residence’ at Whitewoods Wellbeing in Fishpond Woods, North Yorkshire, where he will lead workshops and display art work that shows the value of trees and nature and raise awareness of the nature crisis.
As a result of James’ relentless work to advocate the importance of nature, he has recently been filmed for BBC Gardener’s World sharing his views about the importance of trees and woodland and the varied work that he has done to promote this, including as a Young Tree Champion Ambassador.