Wildlife Trust

Path past Silver Birch and blossom

Forest garden workshops

Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust have created EcoPark, a groundbreaking inner-city wildlife oasis.

What makes it groundbreaking is the integration of wildlife conservation and education with a productive forest garden, bringing people even closer to nature through tending the landscape for crops.

Hand holding frog, photo courtesy Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust

This means that Wildlife Trusts have begun to recognise that non-native crop plants can be integrated into native ecosystems. When we’re talking about nature, it’s not just native plants.

I was commissioned by their Senior Conservation Officer Francesca Jaris-Rouse to provide two custom built one day workshops. The workshops were delivered by Zoom, for staff and volunteers.

Screenshot of slideshow

Slideshow for BBC Wildlife Trust — natureworks.org.uk/talks/wildlifetrust

Rediscovering and rebuilding the relationships between humans and the nature of which they’re a part is fundamental, and something wildlife and food forest gardens are ideally placed to facilitate.

It is so exciting to see this taken forward by a Wildlife Trust, for the benefit of future generations.

Tending the Wild book on desk

Tending the Wild, by Kat Anderson

Tending the Wild by Kat Anderson is a rich and engaging history of how indigenous Americans lived in, survived on and cared for their landscape. I recommended it for the Wildlife Trust workshops as it is so pertinent, and I can recommend it for anyone interested in sustainable living, forest gardens and ecology.