Let it Bee
Do nothing!! Or rather firstly recognise the remarkable ability of nature to regenerate and revive and then encourage communities and institutions to work with that.
Throughout Scotland there are literally thousands of acres of land that could 'return' to nature. The challenge is this land is often not recognised for its potential to contribute to the climate emergency fight and to turning species extinction arround.
For example many of us walk past open grassed areas every day - such as dog walking areas. Many, perhaps the majority, drive past hundreds of miles of wide grass verges. Every year the grass here is mowed short to keep said road side nice and tidy. In every town and suburban area are standings of gravel and concrete that could, if encouraged, (largely by doing nothing) return to nature. Those grass verges don't need to be so wide. Those open grass play and dog walking areas would be just as inviting for play and dog walking with naturally occurring shrubs and trees regenerating.
This patchwork development of green corridors could be enhanced by donations from farm and industry and construction - a 100 square metre plot in the middle of a twenty acre field could become an oasis for wildlife.
Start by each town and village identifying these areas. The grass verge (or part thereof) that does not need mowing, the park area (or part thereof) that can work just as well with trees. The disused or underused old industrial sight that can be encouraged to return to nature. The 100 acre field stripped of hedgerows 50 years ago that could have them, or some of them, 'reinstated'.
This project would be supported by legal powers to cut through local and national bureacracy so that 'protected areas' would be just that - protected for nature by doing nothing! There could be a range of supported activity that is friendly to the development of the emerging biodiversity. For example bird boxes, bee hives (let it bee!) and tree planting.
Why the contribution is important
There is huge and understandable competition for land use - farming, forestry, construction and industry all require land. We all benefit (or should benefit) from this. This 'do nothing' project works in the spaces 'in between' - identifying and then returning to nature strips, plots, borders and anything that can be returned to nature. This project will support bio diversity, reduce carbon footprints (less mowing) release workers for other work, increase carbon uptake (growth of trees) Most importantly it will become a part of a nationwide, Scotland and United Kingdom wide regreening of urban, suburban and even rural areas. Given the local community and volunteer involvement it will open up a sense of pride and empowerment. It would have minimal cost and maximum protection - 'do nothing, let it bee'.
by Alanri on October 25, 2020 at 01:00PM