It’s been more than two and a half years of Rewilding in Faifley, Greenock, and Yoker. More than 300 of you came outside and volunteered to help us improve our greenspaces and rewild ourselves. Playing, planting, building, and learning we gave our natural systems a hand to be more diverse, self-managing, and accessible. We learned to notice the trees around us and the flowers and fungi underneath them. Gathered around fires and wheelbarrows we drank tea and laughed and shared.
We planted more than 1650 native trees and more than 40 varieties of wetland and meadow wildflower seeds and bulbs. Planting a diversity of trees and wildflowers supports all the other pieces of the environmental jigsaw. The trees give us better air, beautiful scenery, less flood risk, and less work to maintain. Meanwhile, the flowers we plant support greenspaces from the bottom up, feeding our helpful native insect species, preventing erosion and adding colour to our urban outdoors.
This project has ended, but for many of us and our communities, rewilding is just beginning. The Coves Reservoir Green Gym has matured into the Friends of Coves Community Nature Reserve. In Faifley we are working with the local community art group to create a woodland art walk which highlights key Rewilding areas and brings even more people into the woods. The Yoker Community Forest Garden is already showing signs of spring and hopefully will become a wild urban refuge for people to stop and forage a nibble for decades to come. There is only so much that can be done in a couple years of a project, but we hope that we set an example and spread some seeds of rewilding which can benefit people and wildlife long into the future. We believe Community Rewilding is a vital part of rejuvenating our greenspaces and improving our lives. If you think so too and want to bring Community Rewilding to your neighborhood, contact us!