Lydia spent the first 18 years of her life growing up on a Peak District hill farm, surrounded by hills, animals and not many people.
Lydia has travelled extensively since she left school, getting as far away from the farm as possible. At the age of 18, she spent a year in Swaziland, southern Africa, with educational charity Project Trust, where she gained a wealth of experience and used her sense of humour to carry her through. Lydia went on to gain a First Class Honours degree in International Food and Agri-Business at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester before moving to New York to work at the United Nations on a drought management project for Jordan and Palestine. In May 2017, Lydia gained her Master's degree from the University of Oxford in Water Science, Policy and Management. In November 2018, Lydia founded the social enterprise Reviving Roots, set up to tackle drought vulnerability in the Kingdom of eSwatini, by introducing drought tolerant crops to subsistence farmers.
Lydia works full time as UK Manager of the Busoga Trust, a water charity with its operations in Uganda, and sits on the board of the Peak District National Park Authority.
Lydia speaks to a number of audiences across the UK, sharing hilarious stories of her upbringing on the farm.
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