Tributes flow for Lismore environmentalist

Nicholas Llewelyn-Smith. Photo supplied

Nicholas Llewelyn-Smith. Photo supplied

Nicholas Llewelyn-Smith – 27/10/1982 – 29/8/2014.

Jill, Paul and Alastair Llewelyn-Smith.

The world has lost a magnificent young man. Our son, Nick, tragically lost his footing and fell from a cliff whilst descending a steep slope during a hike with friends near Silverton BC, Canada on August 29.

We raised Nicholas and his younger brother Alastair in the Orara Valley so they could be free to explore nature and connect with the earth. We will forever have visions of them swimming with the turtles, observing native animals, swinging on vines, having cow poo fights, building cubby houses, climbing trees, star gazing and loving being together.

Being raised on 100 acres gave him a sense of wonderment about the world around him and was forever seeking to see what was around the corner. Nick’s world travels began when he was 18. He worked on yachts in America, surfed in Costa Rica…for almost a year.

He returned to study Digital Media at Griffith and then relocated to Lismore where he bought a house in Charlton Avenue ( With our help, he renovated it and it has been his home and student/professional accommodation since.

He volunteered his services in more than 20 different fields and became a tour guide in national parks in Thailand and on the Athabasca Glacier in Canada, where he had lived for more than two years.

From the hundreds of heartfelt tributes pouring in from around the world, it`s now clearly evident that he was not ours alone. He’s been described as being: positive, a dear soul, honourable, wise, inquisitive, passionate, talented, inspirational, uplifting, humorous, precious, remarkable, fearless, artistic, well-read, a role model, a pied piper, a dear friend…and a teacher who possessed a highly contagious enthusiasm and passion for life! He was an accomplished conversationalist and an excellent listener.

Nick’s great passion for the environment drove him to study digital media, permaculture, ecology and landscape design. He greened city streets with edibles, he broke down barriers by encouraging neighbours out of their homes to construct edible verge gardens together and develop friendships. He possessed a social conscience and made us think about food security and our footprint on Earth. He gave us courage to stand up against plastic, whale hunting and the destruction of The Great Barrier Reef and orangutan habitats due to our consumption of products containing palm oil.

He recently rode a pushbike through Cuba to document their permaculture, reforestation and solar energy initiatives.

Nick’s message would be to take your children outside, grow food with them, nurture healthy eating and show them how to become little environmental warriors. His legacy will live on through the people he touched so deeply.

Nick’s celebration of life will be held at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens on September 27 at 10am. Wear colourful clothing and smiles and bring a fold up chair or a cushion.

2 responses to “Tributes flow for Lismore environmentalist”

  1. Kamala says:

    Thank you for sharing your son’s story with us all – what a divine being & how blessed we are that he came to help the planet & it’s people so much.

  2. Jillian Llewelyn-Smith says:

    Kamala…thank you so much for your beautiful message. He was indeed a character and totally committed to the environment. His work will continue through our family and the people he has touched around the world. Friends are raising funds to help cover his repatriation expenses and to have his documentary realised and set up environmental programs in schools and the community.

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