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The People’s Countryside Environmental Debate Podcast.

Debating world-scale environmental issues.

Challenging societal/individual beliefs.

Inspiring people to protect the countryside and natural environment local to them.

“This podcast’s for anyone wanting to explore the big issues, stretching your thinking in relatable ways. Well known personalities, Stuart ‘The Wildman’ Mabbutt and photographer William Mankelow, who aren’t experts, but have opinions, authentic views and no scripts.

Join them on meandering conversations about nature, philosophy, climate, the human condition, sustainability, and social justice. Sometimes joined by guests, or discussing listener questions between themselves. Always full of fun anecdotes and a bit of silliness”

Our aims are to:

Change mind-sets/aspirations and processes of the public, scientists and decision-makers by raising awareness of sustainable far-reaching initiatives.

Take the format in front of a live audience, online and on stage as Environmental Debate Live and Unscripted, increasing its impact alongside hosts, guests and creative collaborators. Using creative activism to engage, inspire, give new insights and open new pathways and thinking to a more sustainable future.

Through experiential live online/stage shows that imprint the message and the learning better, to mobilise ourselves and the audience, and spearhead further improvements to the sustainability of venues and events.

Your Hosts 


Environmental Debate Live and Unscripted includes;

  • Innovative hosts and venues.
  • Simple impactful stage sets.
  • Experiential photographic exhibition to ignite conversation.
  • Inspirational guests / collaborators, and experiential debates with audience participation.
  • Experiential drama component’s putting us in the shoes of nature, and giving us all insights from the perspective of the ecosystems we’re all impacting.
  • Stalls giving ideas and forging direct links, connections and collaborations providing solutions and actions toward the issues debated.

Environmental Debate Live & Unscripted

On the 25th September The Bothy Vineyard collaborated with the hosts of the People’s Countryside Environmental Debate Podcast, Stuart ‘The Wildman’ Mabbutt and William Mankelow facilitated this pilot event called Environmental Debate Live & Unscripted, which was held ahead of the roll out in 2022 of more regular, seasonal events that expands the format.

If you want to explore being a host at your venue of Live and Unscripted, get in touch, email us at or get in touch via social media.

For more information of what this event was about, and what it will look like in the future follow this link:

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