Rewilding

TreeThinker aims to create a rich, permaculture farm, part of this involves the rewilding of a five acres of previous pasture land, in order to encourage and support local wildlife.

Rewilding is a conservation process which helps nature to take its course by allowing spaces to develop naturally, whilst providing connectivity with related ecosystems and encouraging biodiversity. The process helps to revive the countryside and restore degraded eco-systems, it enables the self-regulating systems which developed over millennia to restore the natural balance. By taking a step back in certain parts of the countryside, damaged landscapes can repair and soil can recover from modern farming practices which remove nutrients and reduce biodiversity. The process allows ground cover to grow, maintaining nutrients whilst binding the soil and protecting it from the affects of flooding. At the same time, the growth acts to store carbon and produce oxygen, helping the environment as a whole.

European wildlife species diversity is steadily declining due to habitat destruction, pesticides and over exploitation of resources. Our wildlife, much of which may seem mundane now, is at risk. Some of this wildlife has critical ecological roles to play, rewilding helps to protect these, restore lost species and encourages declining species to thrive.

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).