Sometimes, the best way to support biodiversity in the city is to step back. Neglect can be intentional, and it can be positive: either through allowing nature a foothold to reassert itself in the city, or in supporting self-sustaining ecosystems and habitats to establish. Wilding or letting go can be a crucial part of being a good steward. Spaces outside of human circulation and human access can also contribute just as much to urban wilding as those spaces we encounter and can touch.
In this event we’ll dig into the tension between productive land & the gaps in-between, and the opportunities of a hands off approach. We’ll look around to see how expanding our understanding of nature in the city can uncover a network of wild-ness above and beneath us, and how a steward approach might also have community benefits.
• Chair: Cristina Monteiro with Edward Powe
• David Knight - Radical Nature, Wastelands of the Lea Valley
• Tom Holbrook - East London Green Grid
• Madeleine Kessler - Garden of Privatised Delights
More information on the event can be found on eventbrite here.