Monty Don is a Vice-President of Farms for City Children, which expands the horizons of children from towns and cities by offering them a magical week in the countryside living and working together on one of three working farms across the UK. It is an intense, ‘learning through doing’ experience of a different life – for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world. The charity welcomes around 3,200 children and 400 teachers a year.
Monty Don is Patron of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, a large local organisation dedicated to inspiring people about wildlife, acting as a wildlife champion, creating wildlife havens and encouraging sustainable living in Herefordshire. The Trust covers the county of Herefordshire and works closely with neighbouring Wildlife Trusts in England and Wales. The Trust is supported by over 3000 local members and manages 54 nature reserves. HWT is a member of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, a federation of 47 Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the British Isles, with over 800,000 members and more than 2,300 nature reserves covering 90,000 hectares.
Monty Don is a Patron of the Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust, a Charitable Trust created to preserve the last remaining part of Alexander Pope’s villa, which he built in 1720 on the banks of the Thames at Twickenham. Alexander Pope’s Grotto is a remaining icon of one of Twickenham’s most celebrated residents, and acts as a reminder of English culture, literature and garden design in the 18th century. In its time, the Grotto was an object both of admiration and envy, inspiring imitation throughout England. Even today, in its shabby condition, it draws students and enthusiasts from all over the world.
Monty Don is a Patron of Bees for Development, a specialist international beekeeping organisation which promotes sustainable beekeeping to combat poverty and to build sustainable, resilient livelihoods. BfD supports beekeepers in the Cameroon, the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda, Zanzibar and in the UK to maintain environments that are good for bees, for biodiversity, and for people.
Monty Don, and the rest of the Gardeners’ World team, have all been jointly fundraising in memory of Andy Payne, a much-loved husband, father, keen cricketer and long-standing cameraman on Gardeners’ World, who sadly died of leukaemia in 2016, aged just 55.
Andy was looked after by Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the base for world-class scientists and clinicians who battle against blood cancer. Alongside QEH’s own million-pound cancer fundraising appeal, Andy’s friends have already raised £40,000 to fund an extra specialist nurse in Andy’s memory to administer ongoing vital cancer research at QEH. Their initial appeal raised just over £20,000, and their fundraising efforts are continuing. If you would like to contribute, all amounts would be warmly welcomed. Details for further donations are as follows:
- Account name: Andy Payne Fund a Nurse
- Bank: Barclays
- Account number: 70833991
- Sort Code: 20-45-45
Monty Don is President of The Soil Association, the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. The world’s resources are being put under increasing pressure by intensive food and farming systems. Working with farmers, growers and researchers, the Soil Association champions practical solutions to farming’s modern day challenges.