Press Release: 26th November 2020. Immediate Release.
Inventor gives away his invention: “To Help People Make More Forests”
It can take a while to get an invention to the stage of being a sell-able product. there are many hoops the inventor has to jump through. There is the prototyping stage of developing and testing the different versions of the item to sort out any problems. There is the need to patent the device to protect it from copying, and there are all sorts of issues to either license the product to others; or to sell the product oneself and set up a business to engage in manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sales. If the invention has worldwide appeal then this can take many years to set up.
One inventor has decided to bypass all this by giving away his invention, which “Helps people make more forests”, to anyone who wants. it. We are all aware of the need for more trees, various scientists are naturalists have been telling us this and even governments are finally waking up to the fact. One man from the UK has come up with a unique and novel idea to help to do just that.
William Martin, from Findhorn, Moray, in Northern Scotland has invented a stick which he says, “Lets you plant 500 trees seeds per hour while out walking in the wild. You can comfortably put a seed in the ground every second step while out having a lovely walk.”
Mr Martin has not patented the idea because he said, “This invention needs to get out now and it needs to get out worldwide as soon as possible. People I’ve shown it to have been amazed by it and asked me if I have patented it, but I tell them that would take too long. The planet and the people need this now”.
What Mr Martin is doing instead is to set up a multilingual website and a non-profit organization to promote the idea and show people how to make and use the, “Rewilding Stick” as he calls it. “it is a very simple device. It seems odd that nobody has developed these before now. It is just a hollow metal stick with a blade made at the end which gets pushed into the ground. You just drop the seed in the top end as you push the stick into the ground, and turn it though a half turn. The seed drops into the hole made by the stick. There are also other ways to use the Rewilding Stick depending on the types of seeds and the type of soil and whether the soil is dry or muddy.”
Where can people get one of these Rewilding Sticks? “Well, for the time being people need to make their own, or get a friend to do it for them. You can make one by converting an ordinary metal walking stick you can buy online. There are instructions on our website. I am hoping that groups of people will form which will include those who will make the sticks, along with those who gather and plant the seeds. If necessary I’ll look at setting up a Social Enterprise to make and sell them, but the idea is now out in the public domain so it is open to everyone.
What are the survival rates of the plants which are planted in this way? Won’t any emerging trees, or whatever, get eaten up or damaged by local wildlife? “We are simply mimicking nature, and giving it a helping hand to recover, by getting seeds of native species directly into the ground where they are likely to do well. If some get eaten or damaged by local wildlife then that is not a problem as local wildlife are welcome. We are doing this for them as much as ourselves. When those plants mature they local wildlife will help spread the seeds and more than make up for any damage done early on. Besides, the effort involved in planting this way is so minimal, and so enjoyable, that we can just plant some more seeds if necessary.
You may wonder if these sticks are difficult to use and only for the really fit. “The most difficult thing in this type of planting is to keep the smile off your face. When you realise that you have just planted hundreds of trees, maybe even thousands of trees, while out in nature enjoying yourself, it is a wonderful feeling. It can take a wee bit of practice to learn to use it for many different types of seed in different situations, but most people or off and going after a short demonstration. This is a good way to get fit, as you hardly even notice you are doing exercise as it is so much fun. People tell me that it is good for mental health issues too”.
Mr Martin does give one warning, though. “It is very important to use a Rewilding Stick responsibly and use it to plant native species which the local wildlife are adapted to. Planting things which are not native species can do a lot of damage to a local ecology. Don’t just go planting your favourite tree, or whatever; unless that is also a favorite of the local wildlife. It is also important to gather seeds responsibly, so that we leave enough behind for the local wildlife to consume.”
William Martin: 07 999 249 677
Email: [email protected]
Website: Global Rewilding Initiative: www.glorew.com
Personal Website: williamfergusmartin.com
The Global Rewilding Initiative was founded on 2nd December 2020, Scottish Charity number: SC050606. Prior to that our founder, William Martin, had been developing and testing Rewilding Sticks since October 2016.
William Martin was born in Glasgow on 22nd July 1953 and currently lives in Findhorn, Moray, Scotland, UK. He is a semi-retired Information Technology Consultant. He is also the founder of The Global Forgiveness Initiative (www.glofig.com), which promotes a free ebook, The Four Steps to Forgiveness, available in over 25 languages. He sees his Rewilding work as a way for people to become reconciled and reconnected with nature and the planet which we all share.
His book, Forgiveness is Power, is published internationally including China (ISBN: 9787559606006) and India (ISBN: 9789325975170).