Stepping Backwards to Leap Forward

A section of the Marselisborg Forests near Aarhus. As part of a rewilding agenda, trees have been uprooted
Sometimes it’s best to let nature take its course. In many places where the landscape around us is entirely human influenced the role of natural capital and ecosystems is undervalued as a means of overcoming social and environmental challenges. But how do we do this? Accepting that we cannot turn back the clock and restore large areas of the planet to a pre-human state the role of ‘rewilding’ becomes a compelling concept. The temptation is often to manage and tidy up nature, treat our landscapes like a garden, or worse, to quote President Trump, showing a deep understanding of the issues, “I was with the President of Finland and he said we have — much different — we are a forest nation. He called it a forest nation, and they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem. And when it is, it’s a very small problem. So I know everybody’s looking at that to that end.” Much to the amusement of the Finnish People who have embraced the concept of ‘Rake News‘.

On a serious note there are concerted efforts across Europe to Rewild large areas of landscape, protecting scarce areas of wilderness and taking land out of traditional management to being wild places. With projects ranging from ‘wilderness scale’ to localised urban greenspaces this movement is making space for nature, whether large apex consumer species or invertebrates. Rewilding Europe has published a A Vision for a Wilder Europe demonstrating not just the intrinsic value of nature but also the sound underpinnings of a business case for investment in wilderness.

At a time where climate change adaptation and mitigation is a priority for everyone and the links to wild places and positive mental health and wellbeing the case for nature has never been stronger. Sometimes we have to create the conditions where nature can take over and self-manage, with untidy edges, a degree of danger, and outside of traditional management,  to ultimately do less and achieve more.

25 thoughts on “Stepping Backwards to Leap Forward”

  1. I’ve often thought about this when out mountainbiking in Swaledale. The moors look “wild” but not only were they once perhaps forests but, seen close up, they are a heavily managed, unnatural environment. Wildlife is trapped and the heather regularly burned back. Grass verges on the tarmac roads are a haven by comparison. That said, if one runs one’s eye over the landscape generally it hard to see anywhere where the land is not managed in some way.

  2. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after reading through some of thepost I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  3. magnificent put up, very informative. I ponder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must proceed your writing. I am sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

  4. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will come back from now on. I want to encourage continue your great work, have a nice evening! Margret Findlay Rawdan

  5. Good day! I simply would like to offer you a huge thumbs up for your great information you have here on this post. I will be returning to your web site for more soon. Alessandra Leif Stephens

  6. I have been browsing online more than three hours as of late, yet I by no means found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It is lovely price enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will probably be much more useful than ever before.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *