Project Maya Associate
Kathryn Lwin is the Founder Director of the River of Flowers (www.riverofflowers.org), working with communities to create and map a trail or ‘river’ of wildflowers as forage and habitat for bees and other pollinators. Prior to this time, Kathryn spent many years in education ending up as Director of Studies of Exercise and Health at Morley College in Waterloo, London after which she left to become Director of the Archway Herbal Clinic in Islington, London. During her watch, a medicinal garden of plants from around the world was developed in the clinic grounds, and this inspired her to create a woodland garden of native wild plants and to come up with the concept of River of Flowers. The first River of Flowers started in North London in December 2008 but it soon spread across London and to other cities in the UK, Europe and North America.
In 2011, Kathryn set up the River of Flowers as a non-profit eco-social enterprise in its own right. Besides managing the design team, she is responsible for Strategic & Creative Development, writing the Wild City Blogs, publicity material and website content. Kathryn shares her thoughts on wildflowers, pollinators and other matters on the River of Flowers Twitter page @RiverofFlowers and Facebook: River of FlowerOrganisation.
Passionate about the need to preserve wildflowers in the challenging city environment and to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, Kathryn believes that making urban meadows, supporting pollinators, including wild bees, and growing food should be an integral part of modern urban design and the sustainable city. In 2013, Kathryn was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to spend two months in North America, researching innovative projects based on wild and edible plantings in cities such as Chicago, Montreal, Milwaukee, New York, Portland, Toronto and San Francisco. She found many inspiring examples of great ideas and practice to share, and met the founders of key urban projects. Kathryn is currently writing a River of Flowers Guide to the Wild City. She has recently been accepted as a Fellow of the RSA.