Emma Trueman

BA History (Hons) + MSc Transdisciplinary Practice

Emma is a nature watcher, story writer and teller, organic grower, and painter. During her History degree at the University of York she researched the effect of urbanisation on our relationship with the natural world. Emma then joined environmental youth charity Global Generation and now manages GG’s Paper Garden in London. There she works with local young people offering opportunities for nature connection through social action, storytelling, heritage, wildlife gardening and design. She is interested in land ownership and the local biodiverse community spaces we can create together. The Paper Garden is informing these aspects of the Canada Water Masterplan public realm.

Emma painted her way through her Action Research MSc, exploring the challenges within on the ground community work, such as teaching young people about the climate crisis and searching for authority in speaking up for the earth. She is joint Director at Raybel Charters, CIC in her hometown of Sittingbourne. Alongside Sail Cargo and the local community they are restoring Thames sailing barge Raybel, to sail carbon neutral, fairly sourced produce around the world. Raybel and local people are designing and greening Lloyd’s Wharf, where the barge was built 100 years ago.