PUBLISHED: 12:02 17 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:07 30 August 2017

Jack Johns - my playground, photo by Alastair Sopp

Jack Johns - my playground, photo by Alastair Sopp

Cornish people in their favourite Cornish places, tell the story of what nature means to them as part of a campaign being promoted by Sir David Attenborough

Cornish people in their favourite Cornish places, telling a story of what nature means to them is part of an exciting new national campaign being promoted by Sir David Attenborough and launched locally today by leading wildlife charity Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Under the title of My Wild Life’ the campaign aims to raise awareness of our surroundings and highlight the simple fact that nature is good for us.

Locally, My Wild Life will involve a series of eye catching portraits by photographer Alastair Sopp, and first to be caught on camera is celebrated Cornish artist Kurt Jackson, celebrity forager Thom Hunt and renowned west Cornwall surfer Jack Johns, demonstrating what the natural environment means to them.

Still to come is a Cornish born and bred Olympic rower, one of Cornwall’s longest standing fishermen, the owner of one of the county’s most beautiful and prestigious gardens along with Trust members and volunteers. There will also be the opportunity for local people of all ages to engage in My Wild Life by sharing what nature means to them and a chance to win a very cool prize with which they can capture their wild lives!

'Contact with nature should not be the preserve of the privileged,' says Sir David Attenborough, The Wildlife Trusts’ President Emeritus. 'It is critical to the personal development of our children. People turn to nature in moments of joy and in moments of sadness.We are part of the natural world: we depend on it for the air we breathe and the food we eat. The Wildlife Trusts are helping people to understand their role in the natural world and their dependency on it.This is essential if we are going to speed nature’s recovery.”

Artist Kurt Jackson is a long term supporter of Cornwall Wildlife Trust. He takes great inspiration for his work from Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places and knows that the Trust works tirelessly to protect his inspiration for the future.

He was the guest speaker at the Trust’s last AGM and Discovery Day event and gave a very personal and evocative account of just what Cornwall and its wildlife means to him – just as vital to his happiness and wellbeing as it is inspiration for his wonderful work. Kurt’s portrait was shot on a beautiful winter’s day on the Trust’s Chun Downs Nature Reserve in west Penwith, a place very close to his heart.

Thom Hunt originally rose to prominence in Channel 4’s popular series Three Hungry Boys about a trio of friends living wild for a month without any money. Thom does a spot of modelling and is currently filming with remarkable characters from around the globe, however, his real passion lies in simple self sufficiency, preserving traditional knowledge and sharing lost skills with a younger generation. Thom’s portrait was shot in a place he is lucky enough to call his office – off the grid along the River Fal where his business 7th Rise shows visitors the delight of wild food, foraging, hunting and fishing.

Jack Johns is a world class bodyboarder, talented surfer and well travelled film maker. His work takes him around the globe however he loves nothing more than returning home to his playground in the Cornish sea, surfing with his friends and relaxing on the beaches of west Cornwall. Jack’s portrait was shot at one of his favourite places, on the cliff tops over looking Porthcurno. Jack would like to share the importance of nature and the work of the Trust to all those people who just love getting outside in wild Cornwall – however they choose to enjoy it.

As well as providing thousands of opportunities for people across the UK to make nature part of their everyday lives, The Wildlife Trusts are calling for a Nature and Wellbeing Act in England to put nature at the heart of decisions about how our country is run, including health, housing and other development, education, economic growth, and flood resilience. The proposals have been put forward by The Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB, supported by a partnership of 20 organisations.

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