“The Human Nature story really began with our work in Greenpeace in the 1980’s.  It was an extraordinary time to be an activist as it felt the world was shifting its axis towards a new and perhaps permanent planetary consciousness. Its work is evidently not finished yet. Our new campaign is to use the medium of place-making to create an inherently sustainable built environment and use the unique opportunity it offers to inspire and help people to live better.”

Michael Manolson, Founder and Non-Executive Director

Our route to becoming a developer is long and probably a bit boring, so we’ll keep it short.

We began as campaigners, became advisers to landowners, investors, government and developers. We tried ‘development’ in a JV with a mainstream property PLC, but decided that the only way to deliver exceptional sustainable new places, was to do it ourselves.

Poachers turned gamekeepers or the other way around?

Human Nature’s roots are in direct action environmental campaigns. The Founders were both directors and international trustees of Greenpeace.

January 2020

Human Nature moves to Lewes!

Human Nature relocates from Malmö, Sweden to Lewes High Street

Hethel, Norfolk

5,000 radically affordable homes in a new community in Norfolk 

September 2019 – Current
29th June – 1st July 2019

Gomm Valley
Community Engagement Festival

Little Haldens, Gomm Valley

1,000 homes in a new sustainable community in a beautiful Chiltern Valley

2017 – Current
2016 – 2018

Masterplan for Little Holland

2,000 homes in a mixed-use, riverside scheme in Norwich

Vision for Manydown, Hampshire

2012 – 2017
2012 – 2015

21st-Century Urban Neighbourhoods for Grosvenor

Sustainability, masterplanning and public realm work for Capco at Earls Court

2010 – 2015
2012 – 2014

Phase 1 private residential development, North-West Cambridge

Placed 2nd in developer competition.

Sustainability Futures for Argent

2012 – 2013
2010 – 2012

All public consultation and sustainability strategy for the London 2012 Olympic Legacy

Beeston Park

Outline planning consent for 3,500 homes in a mixed-use urban extension to Norwich

2009 – 2013

Visioning for the City of Newcastle

Sustainability strategy for Audi (UK) & Premier League

2006 – 2010
2006 – 2010

Development strategy and plans for redundant sites for Northumbrian, Essex and Suffolk Water

Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for the City of Manchester

2006 – 2007
2006 – 2007

Public consultations and framework designs for the Scottish & Newcastle Brewery site for the City of Newcastle

Master planning and community engagement for Walker Riverside for the City of Newcastle and PfP

2004 – 2006
2002 – 2005

Harlow North – a 25,000 home urban extension for the BP pension fund with the Prince’s Foundation and Savills

Sustainability and place-making support to New East Manchester (regeneration company)

2002 – 2005
2001 – 2003

Sustainable development strategy and action plan for the Housing Corporation and guide to sustainable development for Housing Associations

UK strategy for the public understanding of climate change; building a consortium of groups and businesses, setting the ambition and plan

2001 – 2002

Beyond Green is formed

The Earth Centre

National Millennium project

1990 – 2000
1996 – 1999

Advisory Board, World EXPO 2000

Greenpeace HQ, Islington, London

 First green refurbishment of a commercial office in the UK

1990 – 2000
1994 – 1998

Deputy Director General ICLEI, United Nations

Directors and International Trustees, Greenpeace

1976 – 1990