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Mandy Lieu

Mandy Lieu

Mandy is a food systems entrepreneur and philanthropist. Having enjoyed success across Asia as a model, film and TV actor, presenter and producer, she moved to the UK in 2015 to start a family and join the revolution in local, sustainable food. Now Mandy is transforming her lifelong passion for nutrition and food systems into a business – she is opening a farm-to-table deli in London’s Notting Hill and hopes to follow that with a farming venture in the near future. In her exclusive column for Sublime Magazine, she will be talking about these experiences and various aspects of sustainable eating. mandylieu.com

 

I grew up on a farm in rural Malaysia, in a landscape that is vibrantly productive and thrums with life all year round. We produced fruit and vegetables of all kinds, milk and eggs, we had pigs and cows. I always knew that one day I would like to settle in the countryside, in a place where my children may grow up immersed in nature.

The recent heat wave really drove home for me just how important biodiversity and nature-based initiatives are in the fight against climate change. Projects like Ewhurst can help change the way people think about food and nature, and help to build a future that is in balance and aligned with the land.

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with my friend Derek Gow. Derek was one of the first rewilders in the UK, known for his work reintroducing beavers, water voles, white storks and wildcats in the natural habitats at his farm in Devon. Derek has been an inspiration and a teacher to me as I embark on my own journey of regenerating nature.

With summer starting to shine its light, I’m looking forward to the new season at Ewhurst Park. But I’m also keeping an eye on the global conversation around biodiversity as we approach crucial UN negotiations in Kunming this year. In the months ahead, we need to see action - both locally and globally - to undo the damage that’s been done to the environment and protect nature for our children.

The benefits of orchards and fruit growing go beyond the environment. They promote general wellness, improve physical health, and create fruitful relationships with the community.