Andrew and I have a dream that one day we will have enough money to become 'land stewards' or as I like to say 'Land Guardians' to buy an area of land and woodland that we can just sit on. To quite literally just keep it from harm. To let nature reclaim it under our loving protection.
We also share a very genuine concern, that when the time came, would there actually be any land left! This is the inheritance that our generation faces, the world as we know it will not be what our children see.. With the rapid rates of extinction in species and scientists warning that eco systems (that are critical to sustaining life on this Earth) could, very realistically collapse in our life time, what inheritance will we be leaving for them!?
When I was little I couldn't watch the news, I had great difficulty feeling and separating myself from the pain of others. That is still so much true in all aspects of my life, I still can't watch the news without crying, and I still get lost in the overwhelm, heart ache and helplessness of the situations we face, but the difference is that now I understand that we are SUPPOSED to feel that pain. If we don't then the apathy and arrogance that has lead us all here, will continue to grow. Use what stirs within you to do all that you can to help.
'REWILDING' that magic word coined by the wonderful Dave Foreman. A movement happening across the world, charities fighting furiously to restore balance, a genuine way for us all to make a difference. Movements like Rewilding give us all hope and an opportunity to make a change, however small. It is something that has been on my mind after visiting New Hampshire in the USA last summer, seeing their wilderness in comparison to our own landscape was a scary eye opener. It is a sad fact that we have very little true 'wild' left.
As I sit here and type the Saddle Worth Moor fires continue to burn and the tragedy rages across our hearts. Climate change is happening close to home, for us all now.
Our first year of flower farming has been the ultimate advert for extreme weather and the impact it has on every day lives, and on the beings we love and cherish. We have battled snow, flooding and intense heatwaves, all in the space of 6 months!
There is no room for dis proving anymore. It is happening. We should all be questioning the motives of those who still want us to believe that it is fabrication!
If Rewilding was rolled out across the UK, the tragedy of Saddle Worth Moor could have been prevented, and it is one of the best solutions to reduce emmisons caused by areas of peatland.
I have written about Rewilding as a state of mind before, but there are so many ways that you can physically put it into practice in your life.
We have, in a way, re-wilded our flower farm. We rent 3/4 an acre but only farm a very small part of it. We were actually forced to do this by the very wet conditions of the soil, nature dictated to us what we were to do and we followed her lead.. So in. very small and unexpected way we have seen how it works first hand.
The section that we grow flowers in is now surrounded by wild meadow. Our Eucalyptus trees are framed by tall grass, and giant thistles. We create safe sanctuary for buzzards, bats, voles, June beetles, crickets and pollinators as far as the eye can see. We have also worked out the deer that was once eating our roses ( fenced in now) still sleeps in the neighbouring wild part of the meadow.
It is not as you would expect a flower farm to look, pretty rows of flowers as far as the eye can see, parts of it do look that way, but it is something far more rewarding and special. It is a balanced, respectful partnership with the habitat and wildlife living there. We help them and they help us. That is how it should be.
The key to it all, and what rewilding represents, is the need to step back and provide the protection needed to encourage healing. Yes, it is a controversial issue, especially in amongst the agricultural community, but as is anything that questions the current paradigm, questions society, forces us to change the way we live, and makes us take a hard look at how we are all part of the problem.
In the words of Albert Einstein....
If you would like to learn more about Rewilding visit the Rewilding Britain website and show them some support.
Sometimes the hardest thing is working out how WE can start making a difference, the problem seems overwhelming, but small things matter! I would love to hear how you are approaching environmental advocacy in your own lives? The smaller the better, it's the little everyday things that add up and create big big changes.
Have you 'accidentally' started a wild meadow in you back garden through lack of mowing and kept it that way? Are you a 'Poo BAG' fairy? Do you litter pick? Do you remove all unnecessary plastic packaging, (under the confused and watchful gaze of the checkout person) in the super market?*
Do you also cry at the news!?
Drop me an email or comment on Instagram, and please keep in touch.
Thank you for reading and so much love to you always.
* If they do not give you a plastic free option, then putting pressure on the supermarkets, making it known you do not approve and making it their problem (creating more work for them) is a good way to start.
Wreath : MIDSUMMER WOODLAND, inspired by my child hood in The New Forest