Engineering & Sustainability

dick in ditchDick loves engineering and has had a ball presenting shows such as Scrapheap Challenge, Crafty Tricks of War, Geronimo, Planet Mechanics, Beat the Ancestors and Dirty Rotten Survival, but its not just for telly; Dick thoroughly enjoys playing in his workshop!

dick on cartDick Strawbridge is no newcomer to environmental issues and sustainability. This was brought to the public’s attention in 2005 when he and his family moved to a smallholding in Cornwall and were filmed for the very successful BBC series ‘Its not easy being green’.

Since then he has made a further 2 series for the BBC, a series for National Geographic (Planet Mechanics), given talks and written books and articles about how to live with a reduced impact.

He’s a firm believer in ‘if you are not having fun you are doing it wrong’. Even his series for ITV, ‘Hungry Sailors’ and ‘Saturday Farm’, have a subtle green message by encouraging everyone to eat locally produce, in season, and what greener way to travel than by a traditional, wooden, pilot cutter?  Currently he is restoring a massive chateau in France, complete with moat, walled garden and woodland, this year will see his first harvest and the land yielding produce for the first time in over 40 years.  With the help of 3 weaners, 12 chickens and 2 children the walled garden of nearly an acre has been wrestled back to life.  The rotator has been working overtime and Dick has even managed to ‘find’ the original paths under 6″ of soil – its all starting to come together…