- The Wildlife Forest Garden
- Joy as an act of rebellion
Joy as an act of rebellion
Wwhat will your response be to the Nature & Climate Emergency?
Every single day we are confronted with catastrophic headlines. But what will your response be to the Nature & Climate Emergency? Strange though it may be sound, I feel a peculiar, bright and tactile hope. Not your hope of make believe and fairy tale but the hope of a dawning reality, that there are alternatives to the accepted ways of living that brought us to this dark place.
This is part of my gardening practise, where I seek to reconnect with the entire garden and all its inhabitants, in a practical, compassionate way, providing food and habitat for all, not just the humans. This means using native plants where possible to provide a food source for inverterbrates. This means creating habitat in the form of dead hedges, gabions, windbreaks, ponds, trees, ground cover plants, nest boxes etc.
And this is a practise as well; you never finish gardening. And to be a practise, it needs to be joyful.
So, if you enjoy gardening, consider growing edible crops and creating wildlife habitat, together. And consider joining a local resilience group and engaging in some climate activism, together.
Forest garden photos
Autumn Olive 'Big Red' (Elaeagnus umbellata) in flower. Nitrogen fixing, edible berries, windbreak. Invasive in some areas.
Tayberry, a cross between Rubus fruticosus & R. idaeus, in glorious flower. Robust, sprawling, fruitful.
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides nonscripta) woodland path in the Ceri valley.
Ferns like shuttlecocks.
Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris).
Birds on your Doorstep - key information about the changing fortunes of birds in your area, based on data collected by BTO and partner organisations.
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - sobering overview of threats to humanity, including Climate Emergency, like this Faster than forecast, climate impacts trigger tipping points in the Earth system
Glastonbury Regenerative Farming Centre - part of the £23.6m Glastonbury Town Deal project. This is what proper funding for a more secure future looks like.
Horticultural Myths - Such a useful reference by Professor Linda Chalker-Scott. Evidence based gardening? Now there’s an idea!
Grow Like Wild - Ecological landscaper Rebecca McMackin is back to writing her newsletters, hurray! I know, it’s a bit meta having a link to a newsletter in a newsletter but there we go.