Volunteer power is continuing to transform Hackney's green landscape from over managed, conservative parkland into wildlife friendly, sustainable playgrounds for all. This is possible thanks to local experts, small grants and hours of dedicated volunteering.
2013 - the story so far
In a continuation of HMUG's annual maintenance we are:
In addition to all of the above the workshops provide a rare opportunity for Hackney's urban population to get hands on experience of woodland management. Many of those who have attended so far have expressed relief and joy for the liberation of being able to play in the woods; a stark contrast from the pressures and aggravations of life in the dogfight of capitalistist insanity.
The success of HMUG's management strategy is illustarted by the combined benefits to people and wildlife. The humans articulate their rewarding experiences but to know the wildlife benefits you need a little ecological expertise. Last May I found several black-headed Cardinal beetles on the stump of a birch tree we felled in 2007. These are rare deadwood beetles never recorded so close to the centre of London.
It is possible to share the planet in harmony.
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