James Strawbridge

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James Strawbridge is a leading authority on sustainable living. He is part of the Hungry Sailors duo and appeared in BBC2’s It’s Not Easy Being Green. He also co-presented UKTV History’s The Reinventors.

James qualified from York University with a degree in modern history. From an early age James has cared about the planet. But a gap year in Nepal, conducting environmental projects with the locals, made him even more convinced that sustainable living had to be the future.

In 2007 he also worked on filming the charity education programme WasteBusters. The show encouraged children to think more about the issues surrounding waste.

His latest show is ITV1’s The Hungry Sailors, which sees him and his father sampling food around the coasts of the UK.


The Strawbridge family runs the Newhouse Farm commune. The website for the commune is home to all three of BBC television’s It’s Not Easy Being Green series. If you have a look around the website you’ll find details of the family’s eco projects, such as solar panels, wind turbines, compost loo and permaculture plot.

They also run courses at Newhouse Farm to share their experiences, demonstrate all the their green systems and offer eco advice. The courses cover many aspects of sustainable living, such as how to make your own biodiesel, Eco-Engineering, harness wind power, make the most of water power and an introduction to sustainable living. All the courses are led by Dick Strawbridge with assistance from James and the Newhouse Farm team.

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As well as his TV appearances, James has worked as a sustainability manager in Fiji and as an eco-consultant for The Lost Gardens of Heligan. He also runs his own catering company, James Cooks.

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