Walkersfold Woodland Catalyst Conservation Industry
The following thesis is a response to the IPCC 2018 report. The report states that in order to ensure the temperature increase stays below 1.5 degrees when compared to the pre-industrial base mark, certain measures should be taken in order to help mitigate against climate change. One of which, is an increase of tree coverage globally. Currently the tree coverage within the UK stands at 13%, the objective is to increase this to reach 20% land coverage by 2050, which inevitably will result in a change in relationship between humans and the natural environment. With this increase in woodland, a new perspective of forests has the possibility to develop based upon concepts of resilience, stewardship and landscape planning that incorporates everyday life. Forests and the natural environment are complex and adaptive systems, influenced not only by their own behaviour but also by the interactions with human society and culture. Forests should not be separate entities, or compartmentalised within landscapes, they are an integral part of the wider ecosystem as is human culture.
Currently, most human cultures segregate themselves from the natural world, which has led to an imbalance. We have concluded that the climate crisis is a derivative of this imbalance between culture and nature. As a way of re-addressing this imbalance, rather than looking at human culture and technology for answers, we are looking to nature, “What does the forest want to do?”. Woodland has a propensity to self-organise. From a state of disturbance, it will eventually, given enough time, result in a state of dynamic stability, known as the climax community. This process in known as natural succession. Taking the principles of natural succession as the base concept, we endeavour to implement a truly sustainable industry, where the important co-dependence of human culture and nature is explicitly expressed. This opposes the current industry paradigm, where the man-made world has positioned itself above nature, therefore having the inclination to just take rather than give back.