Inspiring creativity in the forest

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

Abandoned fields and broad-leaf trees give rise to meanders through time and space.

These abandoned fields of an old nursery - the identity of which has not yet been found - are wonderful to see in bright June sunshine after a shower of rain. Broad-leaved horse-chestnut, delicate beech and damp moss on lichened wood; these fields speak of a time long ago, when growing and nurturing we re part of what society 'did'. Now, it seems so often, we just consume.

The endeavours of many gardeners must be ploughed in to soil here, where now wet cow parsley frames the open field of seed-headed grasses and Doc leaves. We see ourselves in the shiny surface of once-pruned rhododendrons, but don't pause to look under the leaf, at the tiny holes, or stomata, where other valuable work of a plant takes place.

Our society needs consumption - it has always been the motor of human interaction and purpose, from our earliest days in hunter-gatherer communities. But we also need time to release that which we have absorbed, consumed and metabolised; like the opening of the stomata on a leaf enable gas-exchange.

The memory of many hands at work in these now-abandoned fields, creating something of worth and value, can remind us that connection to the earth is not an option, even if we are fascinated by the reflection we see in the shiny leaf surface. We also need to create if we are thrive, as individuals and connected in societies.

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