Fred Constantine Smith

Fred Constantine Smith

Climate Change Coordinator

Fred currently lives in Sussex, having spent the previous two years living and working in the Blackdown Hills National Landscape. Growing up in rural Somerset, he developed a passion for the countryside and nature. While living in the Blackdown Hills, he volunteered with the Neroche Conservation Volunteers
at Young Wood, where he learned practical conservation skills.

As an undergraduate, he studied a BA in History before completing an MSc in Conservation and Forest Protection at Harper Adams University. After completing his master's, Fred worked as a policy researcher in the Country Land and Business Association’s land use team, researching policy areas such as sustainable agriculture and carbon markets. During this time, he also worked on two test and trial projects for the Environmental Land Management Schemes.

In 2021, Fred returned to his home county of Somerset, where he began working on the Blackdown Hills Soil Carbon Project. This project aimed to build an approach to creating landscape-scale soil carbon baselines that could identify areas with the greatest existing soil carbon stores and the areas with the greatest potential to sequester soil carbon.

Over two and a half years, this project utilized existing data and fresh field data to successfully produce a carbon baseline of the soils common to the Blackdown Hills landscape. Fred is currently in the process of developing this information into guidance to support land managers in making decisions to benefit soil carbon sequestration.

Fred joined the National Landscapes Association in late 2023 as the Climate Change Coordinator, where he will seek to develop a common framework for National Landscapes to monitor and report on Net Zero targets.'

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