- The Wildlife Forest Garden
Moving house and gardening in a climate crisis
We’re moving house in the next few weeks, which is up there with the biggest individual life changes. So this newsletter might not be delivered as efficiently and regularly as you have become accustomed to. (Who am I kidding?)
In other news, 2023 has seen ocean temperatures rising quite literally off the charts. And the wildfires in Canada have affected an area of 15.2m hectares versus the last 10 year average of 1.4m hectares. This is an area just under the size of Norway in flames. Meanwhile, global government subsisides for fossil fuels in 2022 were a record $7 trillion. If you were wondering when’s the right time to take climate action, it’s kind of now.
Talking about Gardening in a Crisis to a rapt audience
My small contribution to this gargantuan defining issue of humanity, which is fiendishly-complex-yet-simple (stop burning fossil fuels) is designing wildlife forest gardens, creating spaces to grow resilient crops for humans whilst providing diverse habitat for wildlife. I gave a talk as part of the Climate Matters event organised by Aberteifi/Cardigan Extinction Rebellion. The hopeful message was, humans can be a force for good. If you’re interested, the slides are available online natureworks.org.uk/talks/crisis
Forest garden photos
Hornet Mimic Hover Fly (I think) on Hemp Agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum). Amazing wild flower.
Hoverflies on Daffodil Garlic (Allium neapolitanum)
Hoverfly on sedum
Recent photo of my Clifftop garden, fences by David Hunter of The Coppice Plot
More Hemp Agrimony, Swee Woodruff, Silverweed, rose 'Harlow Carr, Winter Honeysuckle, Sweet Peas and more!
My favourite nursery Celtic Wildflowers, just outside Swansea on the M4. Well worth a visit.
Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album)
Oak breeding for food - Brilliant PDF document by Eric Toensmeier, a forest garden legend
Dotori-muk - Korean acorn jelly made from the starch
Nut cracker plans - PDF plans to build your own nut cracker and nut sorter by Martin Crawford
Foraging, Sustainability & Culinary Exploration - Eatweeds podcast with Matthew Pennington
Essential Guide to Apricots - excellent guide by the Polyculture Project
Wildlife and food forest garden designer natureworks.org.uk/design