I’m Yvonne Conchie. Hello!
I’ve been working with communities and countryside across the North of England for over 25 years. As an independent freelancer I choose projects that allow me to help people become more resilient by making the best of their landscapes, wildlife and history.
When I asked Nick from Northumberland Wildlife Trust how he would describe what I do, he said “you’re a dot joiner – you get both the big picture and the fine detail, and you see the opportunities and help make the connections happen.” Essentially, I support people to do heritage led Social Innovation.
In 2020, Rev Dr Helen Savage from the Blanchland Abbey Project said “Thank you Yvonne, you came in to the huge gap left by [the previous project manager] and made it your own, but even more importantly made it ever more firmly ours. Your wisdom, honesty and passion have been a massive inspiration to us. The way you were able to work with us on a project you hadn’t shaped is truly remarkable and we can’t wait to work with you on the Four A’s Project as soon as we have the green light to move forward..”
As a contemporary Conchie (it is my real name!), I think carefully about the work I choose to do – strong influences are permaculture and rewilding, local distinctiveness, digital solutions, low carbon living and collaborating for resilience. I think we have lessons to learn from nature and from the past that we can reapply in our futures, and that our rural landscapes and the communities that care for them, are essential for the wellbeing of everyone.
If I remember I’ll post links to media stories referencing my work here.