366. Rewilding | Acts of Restored Kindness | The Garden Awakening | Mary Reynolds | Ireland

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ARK – Acts of Restored Kindness

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Mary Reynolds is a reformed Irish landscape designer, bestselling author of  ‘The Garden Awakening’ and nature activist.  Director Vivienne De Courcy made a movie – ‘Dare to be Wild’ – about Mary’s Chelsea Gold Medal winning adventures. Mary is a proud patron of Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland (WRI) and strives to do as much as she can to re-educate people how to live in harmony with nature in their own patch of land – To become Guardians rather than Gardeners.

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“If you can collect seeds from a local native woodland “nursery” within a 10 mile radius from your land, this is the best practice. Otherwise have a look at the local hedgerows as these can be hundreds of years old and bare-root cuttings, taken from these in winter, may be the better bet.”

Step 6. Let the scrubby messy thorny thickets be!

Leave those brambles and other thorny natives emerge and thrive. They protect young trees and create wonderful sanctuary for many wild mammals. They are vital for the re-establishment of a native ecosystem. They provide shelter from the wind, protection from grazers such as deer to allow saplings to establish, they are powerful deep rooters that re-mineralise and restructure the soil and they are also great habitats and food sources for wildlife. The signage will be the key to educating people how beneficial these spaces are to families of all shapes and sizes.

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