About us

We are a partnership of Dave Lawrence & Tommy Root trading under the name Nature for the Community. Dave and Tommy do most of the work and we can call on other experts and volunteers to help.

Dave Lawrence

Dave Lawrence spent most of his working life as a scientist in the brewing industry. His wide range of activities including beer microbiology, eel farming, new product development, extensive training programmes and much else reflected his ability to successfully take on new challenges. A growing awareness of environmental issues led him to establish a green action group at his place of work which led to what is now 20 years of commitment to nature conservation. His early efforts involved running conservation volunteer groups in Luton and West Hampstead.

After leaving the world of brewing he joined the Nature Conservation section of Camden Council where his work initially involved establishing Local Nature Reserves in LB Camden. This work gave him a wealth of practical experience of urban, community oriented conservation work. In 2010 he decided to branch out and go independent. He has completed the Ecology & Conservation Certificate at Birkbeck University gaining a Distinction in each year and has just been awarded the Diploma, gaining a Merit. He has attended numerous training courses related to natural history and conservation and has run training courses throughout his career.

He continues to run a conservation volunteering group in West Hampstead and also the Camden branch of the London Wildlife Trust. Dave’s interests include music festivals, travel, food and drink and wildlife photography.

Tommy Root

Tommy Root is a committed conservationist and natural historian. He has a degree in Biodiversity & Conservation from Birkbeck College (University of London) and passed an access course on Cultural Studies at Hendon College (Middlesex University). His forte is identification skills and leading workshops and guided walks on various aspects of wildlife – he is a fount of interesting and unusual facts which never fail to captivate his audiences resulting in regular requests for return visits. He has a particular interest in aspects of plant mythology, their ecological biochemistry and interaction with insects. Tommy particularly likes looking for plants in the urban environment i.e. pavement and wall plants, and plants growing on waste ground.

Tommy has considerable experience of wildlife identification and surveying including bats, otters, water voles, radio tracking, amphibians, water invertebrates, birds, plants and leaf mines. He has particular expertise in plant galls and botany. He is the London Natural History Society plant galls recorder. Habitat surveying is an additional area of experience.