By train down to Newdigate, near Dorking, for a meeting of the Trustees of the Environment Foundation – hosted by Sir Geoffrey Chandler, a former Trustee, and his wife Lucy. Wonderful to deliberate the shift of focus of the Foundation as it morphs into the Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development under its Director, Halina Ward, as woodpeckers, nuthatches and tits queued to feed on the pergola outside the kitchen. An extraordinary proliferation of butterflies as we worked. Halina and her sister are working on a revamp of the Foundation’s website, which will reposition us in a pretty major way later in the year.
Not all the Trustees could make it: we had Malcolm Aickin, Ian Christie, Kate Burningham, Tim O’Donovan and myself, as Chairman. Later, as I waited at Dorking station with Halina, my phone went and it was the news I had been hoping from our C21 meeting last Monday. Invigorating.
Then back to London for the third birthday of Chinadialogue, held at the Institute for War & Peace Reporting in Gray’s Inn Road, which I attended with Sam, and where I took the picture below on the top floor, which captures some of my love of wood grain.