Duncan Mackay

Principal Adviser, Urban and Peri-Urban Environments, Government Advice Team, Natural England, United Kingdom

Duncan Mackay BSc, FRSA, cFLI, is head of Urban Environments at Natural England. He was previously director of the Countryside Agency for South East (SE) England and advisory board member of the SE Forestry Commission and SE Sustainable Food & Farming Board. Formerly employed in consultancy and local government, Duncan began his career as deputy secretary of the UK's oldest conservation body, the Open Spaces Society. He designated the Thames Path National Trail in 1989. Duncan was elected to the National Trust Council in 2018. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a candidate fellow of the Landscape Institute. He is a past winner of the Henry Ford European Conservation Award and the author of academic papers on new commons and six books on apples, history, wild food, River Thames, unexplained phenomena and urban green spaces. Duncan rode his folding bike from the Isle of Wight to Cape Wrath to promote sustainable transport and Slow Food. He also collects lucky pebbles having studied geology and geography at University in Newcastle upon Tyne.


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