Through his work for Trees for Life, Alan’s vision has provided inspiration for many other ecological restoration projects, from Dartmoor and the Scottish Borders, to the creation of the Yendegaia National Park in Tierra del Fuego, Chile. Also the founder of Restoring the Earth project, he has worked to promote the restoration of the planet’s degraded ecosystems as the most important task for humanity in the 21st century.

Alan regularly contributes articles to various professional and popular publications, and his photographs have appeared in many volumes, from Time magazine to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Currently working on a high quality photographic book project about the endangered Araucaria (monkey puzzle tree) forests of Chile, Alan has given lectures at events and conferences in more than 20 countries worldwide.

His pioneering work has been recognised through a number of awards, from the UK Conservation Project of the Year awarded to Trees For Life in 1991, to the Schumacher Award in 2001, the Spirit of Scotland Environment Award in 2012 and the RSPB Nature of Scotland Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013.

Alan has been vegan for over 40 years and lives in an energy-efficient ecologically designed house in the Findhorn Community in northeast Scotland.