('Urban Pocket Wildscaping')
PEOPLE POWER, INVESTED IN OUR LANDSCAPE
Due to land registry restrictions, the tiny pieces of land might have to be owned collaboratively NOT individually but - overall - we would have shared ownership over that patch of land and know that we have lovingly wildscaped that space.
You are invited to purchase/donate on the legal understanding (signed on purchase) that the land will become a lush, colourful, 'Happiness Hub' (and thereafter will be examined to see if it needs any minimal human management) and will be protected PERMANENTLY to wildscape Britain.
If 100,000s of these tiny pockets of land can be wildscaped, we will be well on the way to helping to wildscape our world.
Scattered throughout our urban commercial/residential spaces are 100,000s of tiny patches of land (1 metre and upwards) that are suppressed and COULD be allowed to thrive..
What if we bought those tiny patches freehold under a contractual agreement to permanently wildscape them?
We are both the 'whole' itself (one planet) and an individual representation (a part of the whole).
If we help other beings to thrive then we will thrive too (as we are one and the same)...
We stand & work together (no matter our differences/wage) to buy and wildscape 100,000s of tiny 'pockets' of land across our UK Urban landscape.
Loving Our Planet
Please check out our plans for 'Rubbish Revived'
HEDGING/BORDER - Each pocket will have a perimetre of EITHER bird friendly hedging around it or a border (made of materials to benefit local wildlife) to protect the interior spaces.
LAND IN LOVE WITH ITSELF - The pockets of land themselves will be wildscaped based on the bespoke requirements of the local community. Based on the desires & requirements of the local residents, I will work out how to serve both YOU/THEM and all of the other species (animal & plant) in the specific pockets of land (evolving them into Happiness Hubs) finding what I call the 'central balance point' for all lives (animal/plant) there to coexist in harmony, as much as possible….
To wildscape across our UK urban landscape ASAP, every Pocket can be MONETISED to pay for MORE Pockets. If each Pocket generates revenue - through various schemes, also beneficial to the local communities in which they reside, featured below - and every NEW Pocket generates more revenue for the NEXT Pocket and so on, we'll wildscape further and further across our urban landscape making space for millions of lives and for the betterment of an ever expanding human audience.
Each Pocket will have a sign with it [provided we don't need planning permission to do so] declaring it a 'Wildscaped Local Pocket'... These signs will have a glass front and space for local businesses to advertise to the community as they enjoy the Pockets. The advertising revenue will help to monetise the Pockets passively whilst drawing the local community together to better find out about one another, supporting this wildscaping scheme together.
Foraging Workshops/Local Educational Opportunities... Learning about plants & herbs to forage for, plus plants with medicinal properties (these plants will grow on their own: we will not be planting specific plants in each pocket)...
W.W will invite marketing students in the nearest universities/colleges to put forward their own ideas (for which they get full credit) to monetise the Pockets: also further expanding our audience.
Research/Findings So Far...
I've been lucky enough to speak to Professor Alastair Driver, who thinks that small mammals, insects and birds will use these spaces and he even brought up other benefits that I hadn’t considered, like the savings on stopping the land from being mowed continuously and the lack of water pollution because we will be stopping any pesticides that may have been being used before. Each individual patch has a small impact but the local 'clusters' of patches benefit local wildlife/pollinators AND as the numbers move into the 1000s (then 10,000s & 100,000s) the combined impact is MASSIVE, along with all the other benefits.
The only negatives were potential running of water pipes and cables under the land and dealing with situations with companies wanting access but these just need to be factored into the planning and he said that they weren’t a reason not to go ahead with the Pockets and bring about the MANY benefits.
I have spoken to a Ian Smith, Head of Financial Planning & Performance at WWF-UK who very kindly gave me his time to look over my plans to build a financial base from which to upscale 'Wildscaping Community' quickly once the first case studies are in place & overall it looks like we are doing the right things... Inviting a community of Protectors paying £1 - sourcing Pockets, overseeing the purchases and paying for Legal & Wildscaping expertise. It's also super important that those who would like to are invited to be part of this incredible process of wildscaping our urban landscape permanently through online meetings, frequent updates, social get togethers and reports on wildlife moving into the purchased spaces.
The ‘Ecological Objective’ behind Urban Pocket Wildscaping.
I have spoken to ecologists from Toronto, the UK & America (all with differing areas of expertise) about the best way to go about rewilding these small patches of land. One lady summed it up…
"I don't think there are specific measurements or patterns that are standardized, as most cities were developed before the environment was a major concern, so now they have to work with the infrastructure that is already in place. The original ecosystem and urban flora will determine what you can do as well.”
So rather than planning to find ‘X’ number of patches that are ‘X’ size within ‘X’ distance apart to help ‘X’ specific species, this story is about uniting communities to walk around together to find as much wasted land as we can buy (whatever size and shape each patch is) to then allow it to become whatever it wants to become.
It’s very much a ‘guerilla’ way of wildscaping (and definitely not as scientifically focused as ecologists normally like to be) but all of the ecologists have agreed that it’s the right (and probably only) way to go about it. [Plus everyone is keen to take data from these patches to learn from to maybe implement elsewhere.]
It also allows the local community to really learn from the land itself and collaborate with all of the local wildlife, to co-create Happiness Hubs in every pocket.
As one ecologist (just finishing his phd in Charleston, America) said, when I asked him if these patches would definitely be of benefit to insects/birds/wildlife… “Yeah if you build it, they will come. Best of Luck!”
Through my previous background in TV, I have been made aware of a lot of platforms that would be interested in following our wildscaping progress...
We're going to be filming every step of the process to invite people in and allow ownership of our landscape ASAP.
- SOCIO-ECONOMIC EQUALITY - Greater equality across our landscape - Sometimes the most run down urban areas have the greatest amounts of wasted space which (if they were wildscaped) would transform the local area into a brighter, cleaner, kinder, healthier, litter free environment.
- CLEANER AIR - Wildscaping in urban areas will cleanse the air from vehicle emissions (plants in the 'pockets' absorbing them) meaning a healthier life for the local community.
- WILDLIFE HABITAT/RESOURCES - Local wildlife populations will be offered a massive boost in natural habitat and food sources. 10,000s wildlife casualties every year end up in Rescues fighting for their lives purely because of the way we suppress the land around us and make it uninhabitable for them. This would be a permanent solution to support our urban wildlife (who have been driven in from agricultural areas because of pesticide use).
- EMPOWERED PUBLIC - A lot of the UK population renting in overcrowded residential areas - and feeling unable to effect change because they don’t own their own properties to wildscape - will be empowered to affordably wildscape their neighbourhoods/local streets & reharmonise (as wild beings) by permanently protecting (and collaboratively owning) these Pockets.
- WILDLIFE TRAVERSING SAFELY ACROSS URBAN SPACES - If 100,000s of these tiny pockets of land can be wildscaped, local wildlife will have multiple points of refuge and even safe spots to move between if they need to cross the urban landscape.
- CLEANER DRINKING WATER & FLOOD PREVENTION - Cleaner drinking water & flood prevention for local residents - Rain water that falls on these wildscaped bits of land is filtered through the denser soil very slowly before any run off finally makes its way into sewers to be further cleansed by local water authorities.
- RE-EDUCATION - It’s a great way to let people know about #LettingLifeIn. This 'Wildscaped Community' idea non-aggressively and openly makes it easy for individuals with gardens to make changes to their OWN homes by copying the widscaped spaces.
- COMMUNITY BROUGHT TOGETHER - Local wild-loving groups can monitor the wildscaped pockets and publish their findings through local press: creating interest locally in a way that communities can better relate to.