all life is interdependent

All life is connected and therefore utterly interdependent; and everything we do (or do not do) has an impact on the wider world.

“A less wild world is a less stable world.”
David Attenborough speaking on BBC TV Earthshot programme no. 1

My take on forest gardening has always been on the wilder side. This has been deliberate because I wanted to push that particular boundary and find out what would happen, and clearly none of our growing landscapes would work without the wild elements both within and without their ecosystems. My small forest garden on a Welsh hillside fits into the larger ecology of the neighbouring gardens, farmland and woods by virtue of the many and varied insects, animals and birds that live and feed thereabouts. Uncontained by human boundaries they need a wider landscape to call home and to thrive in because in the actual ‘real world’ it is not possible to draw a line around any single area or ecosystem that distinguishes or separates it from another one; and life will be continually crossing any boundary we may arbitrarily draw. So, what happens or does not happen in my garden affects my neighbours’ gardens, the woods across the road and the farms up and down the hill.  And vice versa – what happens in those places affects my garden too. But further afield, across their farther boundaries, their ecologies are interacting with yet others – down in the valley, across to the river, amongst the distant hills or along the river and the canal to the town with its industrial estates and the nearby nature reserves, along the roadside verges and the railway line and eventually reaching the very different terrain of the mountains, the moors and the coast.”

For more explanation and information about this please read my book the garden of equal delights. The quote above is an excerpt from pages 155-6.

About Anni Kelsey

I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive. I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
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2 Responses to all life is interdependent

  1. bill wright says:

    Thanks Anni !

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  2. Jonathan says:

    This resonates with me. I often refer to the ‘landscape mosaic’ in the Sombrun Forest Garden Project blog, and this is exactly what you are talking about here. I very much agree that everything is connected and interdependent – forest gardeners included!

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