Ecological Empowerment: Beyond Recycling, Beyond Protesting.

Many of us are concerned about the environment and want to do something about it. Most of us do what we can in the way of recycling and that is a very good start. However, we can do more than that – much more – and it can even be a very enjoyable and pleasant experience. We can help restore the forests, and other native landscapes, simply by planting seeds. Using a Rewilding Stick a single individual can plant about 500 tree seeds (for example) in an hour while having a pleasant walk.

As you know, many parts of the world have lost their native forest cover. As the trees and other plants were removed many animal species were greatly reduced in number, or worse. Those animals helped sustain the forest and the forest helped sustain the animals. The animals would sustain the forest by scattering seeds and, in their various activities would, bury the seeds accidentally or deliberately. The seeds get scattered by getting stuck in fur or feathers, they get ingested but not always digested, and so on. The seeds get buried by squirrels, by animals digging burrows and in mole hills, and by those animals which forage on the ground. The seeds would also get pressed into the soil, or leaf litter, by larger animals.

Sources of Seeds

Trees, for example, produce seeds in abundance: a single tree can produce seeds in the hundreds, and often in the thousands, each year. When there is not much wildlife around then theses seeds will mostly rot as there is nothing to eat them or to scatter them. Many excellent specimens of mature trees are in parks and beside roadside verges. These produce seeds which get scattered into the onto paths where they can’t grow, or they get chopped up by grass cutting operations. The trees in your local park, or nearby grass verges, may offer an easy way to get access many thousands of seeds of local species each year.

We can intervene and help nature recover by gathering and planting those otherwise waisted seeds using a Rewilding Stick. We help the local plant life to come back by taking on the role that the native animals would normally do. As their habitat returns then the animals can return and take over their natural role of maintaining the forest, or whatever is natural in that landscape.