Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, is about to walk the Marriott’s Way in Norfolk on Thursday, to raise money for social enterprise The Feed. Here, he explains why it’s ALWAYS about plants
If you had to describe your life so far, what would you say?
It has been all about plants. I’m really proud to have been working in a career that I love. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I think I’m quite adventurous, I love exploring new cultures, tasting different foods, and travel. I think without exploring these different things, my life wouldn’t be as stimulating.
When did you become Mr Plant Geek and what is it about plants that you love so much?
It was about five years ago, as I was looking to create a brand, that explains how and why I love plants. And it’s come full circle, because as a child, I wouldn’t have wanted to have been referred to as a geek. What is there to love about plants? They are very fascinating, and they are the root of everything. Pun intended!
How was everything looking for you at the start of the pandemic and have you learnt anything about yourself that you didn’t know before?
Not sure actually – good question. I think for many, we didn’t realise the benefits of Zoom and online interaction before. We saw it as unnecessary. However, it can work hand in hand with real life interaction – the benefits are amazing.
Have plants (and gardening) become even more important to us all in the current climate?
Yes, as people were spending more time at home, their love for houseplants grew. And this isn’t going away, which is amazing! After all, English people feel very guilty about plants, and never want to let them die!
How have you got involved in The Plant Based Fundraising Walk for The Feed and what are you hoping to come across, plant-wise, on the way?
Ellen Mary roped me in, but I’m really happy to do it. To be honest, walking long distances is not difficult for me, because there are always plants to keep me happy. Some of the walk is across the Broads, so I hope to see some excellent water-loving plants.
Any future plans you can share?
There’s always something exciting going on, that’s because I say yes to everything. I am back on Channel 4 with Steph’s packed lunch every two weeks, so make sure you tune in.
Michael Perry and Ellen Mary of The Plant Based Podcast, Gordon Simpson of Howes Percival and Chris Elliott of The Feed, will be walking a 20-mile route on the Marriott’s Way and ending at The Feed Café in Norwich, this Thursday, September 16. If you would like to donate, visit Virgin Money Giving | The Plant Based Fundraising Walk. Money raised will help pay for work experience programmes at The Feed which support people on their journey into employment – following homelessness, addiction, health and other challenges.