What is a forest? A haven for thought, a home for peace, quiet, noisy, alive, awake, silent sentinels breathing life into the atmosphere and earth.
What is a forest? A responsibility, hours of work, pleasure in regeneration, search for understanding, networks above and below and around, solitude in a crowd.
What is a forest? Imagination, creativity, abundance, sights, smells, textures, sounds.
What is a forest? Refuge, safety, balance, peace, alert, serendipity, sensual.
What is a forest? Inspiration, moments, delight, fear, alive.
What is a forest? Home
It’s International Day of Forests today. I can’t help but feel both invigorated and sad. These pockets of sublime nature deserve to be celebrated.
They offer so much. Sadly, these offers are not heard by many.
There is hope… There is research… There is a trickle of change… hopefully by this time next year, there will be more hope, more research, a trickle progressing towards flood.
Until then I will keep caring for my own patch of regenerating forest. I will weed out invasive exotic plants, discourage feral pests, nurture the native understorey and encourage biodiversity.
I will continue to work as a citizen scientist, contributing to the body of research, ensuring it continues.
I will enjoy the forests I spend time in and I will spread the word…
Wishing you trickles and floods of positive change,
Interested in a tour of my own bush regeneration project? Watch it here