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Potential Pockets: Practical Examples...

I want to paint a picture for you and it’s going to sound like a Utopia, but keep in mind as I describe it that this is all not only practically possible but immediately set up to happen, working with some of the UK’s top rewilding specialists and ecologists…


Imagine stepping out of your door every morning and heading to work or meeting friends/taking your children to play/walking the dog surrounded NOT by concrete/litter but instead finding yourself immersed in lush green and vibrant colours. Imagine hearing the buzz, tweeting and the patter of minuscule footsteps from pollinators, birds and wildlife… Imagine taking a breathe of FRESH air and having had cleaner water in your morning coffee/tea.


This is my vision of a mightily ACHIEVABLE and highly practical urban wilderness, to be established from this month onwards after 6 months of intensive research and development: speaking to urban planners, council employees, ecologists, financial directors and environmental scientists...


I took the dogs for a walk this morning around a residential/school area and here's loads of photos of POTENTIAL pockets/examples of wasted land. All of these spots could be bursting with wildflowers/foliage/surrounded by hedges for the birds (did you know that hedge sparrow populations are down by 30% over the last 45 years???)


The plants will draw down vehicle emissions from the air and the nourished soil will filter rainwater before it even reaches our drainage systems.


Here's the first 4 pics (and there are A LOT more examples of this around the whole area). These large concrete patches especially are pointless and there's quite a few of them: at least a chunk of them could be dug up and rewilded whilst still leaving ample space for pushchairs and wheelchairs...

These are examples of wasted land stretching out outside schools and youth community centres. There are a lot of parents campaigning for less vehicle emissions outside schools: I think that a great way to help children breathe cleaner air would be to rewild these potential 'Pockets' instead of leaving them as grass (that's also normally covered in litter). It also allows our children to start reconnecting with wildlife on a daily basis instead of seeing bare green deserts like this as what 'nature' should look like...

This land is owned by a Shell Garage... It's such a shame that it's covered 24/7 in litter... I'd love to buy this land, clean it up and make it a proper haven for wildlife/pollinators. There are actually hedgehogs seen occasionally around this area, so the more space they have to nip into as they walk for miles each night the better! They seem to somehow be crossing these busy roads without getting squished BUT if they can find the food they need without having to cross one of the main roads out of Manchester then it improves their chances to not only survive but raise families too...

And here's the final example of the wasted land I walked past on my morning ramble: there are some massive fields that are privately owned that run in a full stretch down the side of a school. You can only see the beginnings of it in the picture below but it's at least 10,000 feet. The school never use it (it's too uneven) and it's ALWAYS covered in litter: mostly takeaway boxes/junkfood/beer cans...


Further past this piece of land are dozens more fields that were owned by a riding school and were full of horses but which have JUST RECENTLY been sold for development to build houses. The fact that huge patches of green are about to be bulldozed in the local area (and these fields were surrounded by hedges - packed with 100s of hedge sparrows - that are all going to get torn out) means that it would make even more of a difference for this land to be bought and permanently rewilded. It could become a much needed space for hedgehogs, foxes and other mammals and the planting of hedges would offer new homes to the soon-to-be homeless sparrows...






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