Listen to interviews with Dido Berkley, Julian Kingston and Barry Edwards
Dido Berkley's involvement with the Thames has been from a recreational and political perspective. She has spent the last few years challenging (often in court) anyone from the Mayor to developers on ensuring a the Thames is protected from over development, and promoting the sustainable development of the Thames, with river users as the focus.
She knows pretty much everyone who has an active involvement in the Thames from boat owners to architects and ecologists to politicians . She also uses a boat on the Thames. She started an organisation called Thamesbank to carry out this work, and has been on the Mayor's Steering Committee for the waterways.
Julian Kingston - a boatbuilder and wood craftsman, Julian lives on a boat at Deptford Creek and is a member of the Marine Consortium, an organisation linking all key river businesses along the Thames.
Barry Edwards was born in London in 1962. He grew up on the Somerset Levels, with the Severn Estuary to the West and Lowland Peat Moor inland. His diverse background has been characterized by his attention being captured by the extraordinary, special projects and challenges.
He presently owns and runs a number of small businesses, St Margarets Landscaping, St Margarets Gardening, Running Red Ltd and The River Thames Visitor Centre and Cafe. In the past he has written, published and marketed a book called ""How to have an Easy Life"". All sold by Waterstones and Harrods.
Other employment has been a Civil Servant administering the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, qualifying to Scientific Officer Grade and also as a biological site surveyor for the Somerset Trust for Nature Conservation.