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  1. Hello @Benjamin Brace - I love the idea of healing gardens! It would be wonderful if these could become a standard in our community spaces, particularly hospitals where access to greenspace is known to promote healing.
  2. Hello @Rebecca Rylott, welcome to Connect, great to have you join!
  3. Hello Carolin, welcome to Connect 🙂.
  4. Hi Toby, I don't know the answer to your question specifically, but am aware of environmental organisations using the Kickstart scheme to also address the longstanding lack of racial diversity in the sector through Race For Nature https://www.race4nature.org.uk// which might be of interest.
  5. Hi @Elizabeth Blackledge, thank you for introducing yourself, and welcome to Connect! I love that living roof - and feel free to introduce your pets in the Pet-stitute thread over in the Landscape Café if you'd like 😊.
  6. Both those garden roofs look lovely @Elizabeth Blackledge!
  7. Welcome, @Marc van Grieken, and thank you for sharing this introduction to yourself - it sounds like you've had a fascinating journey thus far! And thank you also for that moving obituary for Peter, and condolences for your loss. This line particularly resonated: "His simple but most enduring message was that you cannot do anything to improve the landscape if you do not understand how it got to be the way it is." I look forward to your contributions to the discussions on LVIA and elsewhere on Connect.
  8. It sounds lovely during the day, @Antonella! I live close to a hospital and a high school, and often hear helicopters overhead as well, but nice to have the garden to occasionally see what stars are visible. Was so elated in March this year having seen and identified my first constellation (Orion, with help from an app!) right over the point of the roof in the garden, belt dazzling. I think it had been cloudy earlier that night but then had cleared enough to see, so perhaps there's more opportunities than I thought for 'backyard astronomy' 🙂
  9. Very inspired by Vestre's ethos on the right to roam and democratic design, and their explicit, very practical, stance against hostile design. “Some may think it’s a little naïve to believe that a bench can change the world, but we’ve seen it work – time and time again. This proves that everyone has the power to do something. As more and more companies realise this, a strong, global movement for change will be created,” says Jan Christian Vestre. You can read more about some of these principles in this blog: https://vestre.com/uk/news/the-right-to-roam-and-democratic-design. Looking forward to the webinar!
  10. This was very inspiring to listen to, particularly Dr Jala's focus on using the landscape approach for post-conflict recovery & healing, how this is more than just 'reconstruction' as you must look beyond the buildings. "Once you accept an expansive definition of landscape, then the potential for addressing ruptures - political, cultural, social - to address issues of marginalisation and displacement, is immense." Would love to hear others thoughts.
  11. That sounds beautiful, @Abi Palmer-Greenwood, thank you! Would love to visit Dartmoor one day. The darkest skies I remember were on a visit to Kashmir as a young child, as my grandmother lived in a village with much less light pollution (though also, I think much more precarious access to electricity). Memories of lying down outside on this woven bed/chair gazing up at all the stars. And yes - sounds like a good use for the map 😉. I found it interesting how there are areas with much darker skies comparatively to where I live which don't look too far on the map (although as non-driver will have to research how feasible they are to travel to) which might be good to explore in winter when possible. I was aware of places like Northumberland International Dark Sky Park for truly dark skies, but good to know there are closer places which are at least darker than what I would normally see.
  12. Hi Marcus, thank you for introducing yourself - welcome to Connect 😊.
  13. For all you lovely walkers on here sharing what you've seen on your COVID walks, you might find the Slow Ways of interest. It's an initiative to create a national network of walking routes connecting our towns, cities and villages in the UK: https://beta.slowways.org/ "The slow map seeks to elevate the position of walking in our national conversation, to be seen not just as a worthy, healthy hobby but part of our national transport infrastructure. Coronavirus is changing life in many unexpected ways and those who think more walking should be part of our lives now have a new tool. Maps do not just describe the world, they can often help change it." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54562137 Happy walking!
  14. Light and sound have such an impact on our experience of a place. I live in a town in an area with lots of light and noise pollution. Just last night in the garden left in awe at the brilliance of the Blue Moon (and trying, though failing, to spot the Perseids or trace out constellations) despite the glare of lights from homes, thundering helicopter circling overhead, wail of sirens, and the odd fireworks shattering the night. Even so, in Spring the evening chorus can be heard over it all, and the odd fox might visit briefly. And the moon shines, even if much of the tapestry of the night is hidden. There's an interesting map by CPRE of England's light pollution and dark skies, which helps visualise this in more detail. How dark are the skies near you? https://www.nightblight.cpre.org.uk/. What do you see looking up, and what do you hear in the dark that uplifts you? Or - and it is a privilege to have a safe space to observe the night sky - what do you hope to see/hear? One night, I hope to see the Milky Way stretched out with my own eyes, and hear the song of a nightingale... ...
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