Nearly Wild was founded by Steve and Irene Evison, along with their two children Kerry and Arran, following many years working in environmental land management, nature based business and community development work.
Their expertise is built on practical experience built up over more than 35 years in the UK and overseas. This includes extended periods living and working in remote areas, including Alaska and Tanzania.
In 1997, they established and ran a ‘living geography’ consultancy, Resources for Change, now employee-owned and for which they still work as associate consultants. In 2010, they took on a smallholding on the England-Wales border, which they now run as a small eco-location, Underhill Farm. Building on their own experience at Underhill, they also established Nearly Wild Camping, a member-owned co-op linking a network of wilder camping locations across Britain (and even a few overseas). The organisation helps members of all backgrounds to leave the boundaries of campsites and discover their own bit of wild, whilst learning from local hosts about wildlife, the countryside and landscape.
Tom supports Nearly Wild with our IT and web-based elements. Tom also works as a consultant with the family owned business, gfleet, and is able to offer carbon footprinting services for organisations wishing to determine how much carbon they produce and how best to sequester carbon. If you wish to know more about this and how we work with Tom and Chris to help you look at the best carbon options for your environmental work, then please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom is also a keen Nearly Wild explorer himself; his current project is renovating a sailing boat for future solo and shared coastal and marine explorations. We are really looking forward to joining him for a few filming trips!
Nearly Wild is here to support nature-based trade. Supporting, promoting and networking nature-based businesses with those seeking their services. Bringing together the people who want to connect with and explore the natural world (Explorers) and the people who work to provide opportunities for exploring it (Nature Based Business). We also work with individuals, organisations and projects that support the development of a nature-based approach and nature-based trade.
Why call it Nearly Wild?
We live in a fascinating world, and whilst we may not realise it, everything links back to nature. People are part of the natural world and it is part of us. We have changed the natural world and it has changed us. In truth we are part of the ecological system and nothing is really truly ‘wild’ or ‘natural’, it is in fact semi-natural or, as we like to call it ….. Nearly Wild
Who we are
Nearly Wild is a small, passionate, and experienced practical team of ‘doers’. Set up by Steve and Irene Evison, each with over 30 years’ experience from around the world, working in natural resource management, organisational development and community development. They have also developed and run a number of successful businesses, including Resources for Change (a specialist engagement consultancy) and Nearly Wild Camping (a member owned wilder camping co-operative). Through Nearly Wild, they deliver very practical support to those working to develop an economy which works better for nature and wildlife, and therefore also for the people running the businesses and the people buying their products and service.
Ecopreneur & natural resource manager with a passion for nature, adventure and the art of exploration.
Geography practitioner, engagement specialist, researcher, utrarunner and tapestry weaving artist.
Our IT advisor as well as an environmental consultant, carbon reduction specialist, sailor and explorer.
Researcher, designer, artist, mountain biker and gardener.
Our film making and support as well as outdoor adventurer, mountain biker and photographer.
Our senior researcher, as well as smallholder, potter and country crafter.