From Borneo to Britain

Take a trip into the tropical rainforests of Borneo, where FarmED Intern, Abi Gwynn, will draw upon her experiences working on orangutan conservation projects and describe how Borneo and Britain may be more similar than you think!


FarmED, Chipping Norton
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This course is available on the FarmED website.


Time & Location

28 May 2024, 11:45 – 14:00

FarmED, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton, OX7 6BJ

About the Event

Borneo is the world’s third largest island situated in the heart of South-East Asia. With tropical rainforests older than the Amazon, Borneo harbours a unique and rich biodiversity, home to charismatic species such as the orangutan and rhinoceros hornbill. However, in the last 40 years, the island has lost over 30% of its native forest cover, a story akin to what happened here in the UK a few thousand years ago. Join us for this talk to go on an exploration into the wonderful world of Borneo’s tropical rainforests and how it often mirrors our British landscape. Abi Gwynn will draw upon her experiences from living and working in Borneo, sharing what she learned about the conservation challenges facing the island and the inspiring actions of local people to protect their environment, and how this then prompted her to want to work back in the UK. Not to mention there’ll be time for a weird and wonderful story or two!

After the talk, you will get a freshly prepared, nutritious lunch from the FarmED cafe where you will be able to network with other guests.

About the speaker:

Prior to her role as the 2023/24 FarmED Intern, Abi Gwynn worked as a conservationist and researcher, focusing on the protection and regeneration of tropical peat swamp rainforests in Borneo. Abi conducted a Masters by Research on the effects of forest fires on orangutan behaviour and health, taking her to live in Borneo for a year where she became immersed in the culture, environment and challenges the island faces. Abi then worked for the not-for-profit, Borneo Nature Foundation, where she was responsible for the international development of the charity and a primate health monitoring project.

About FarmED

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We aim to be at the heart of local, regional and global agroecological transition.

We are a not-for-profit organisation based at Honeydale Farm, a diverse 107 acre mixed farm in the Cotswolds. Central to FarmED are three beautiful eco-buildings including a multifunctional educational, meeting and conference space, and a farm to fork kitchen and demonstration area. Our micro dairy and farming operations utilise building three.

Our audience is everyone - our local community, farmers, growers, advisers, foodies, policy makers, students and researchers.

Our mission is to provide learning spaces and events that inspire, educate and connect people to build sustainable farming and food systems that nourish people and regenerate the planet.

If you are passionate about regenerative agriculture, farming with nature and great food then join us on the journey. It's time to make a difference.

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