On Wednesday, 7 April 2021, RSK Wilding and the Landscape Institute North West will host a 60-minute free webinar with the theme “Rewild, restore and reconnect: Resilient, nature-based landscapes”. The Landscape Institute, an educational charity, is the chartered body for the landscape profession that promotes the art and science of landscape practice.

Beginning at midday and hosted by Jon Davies, Ecologist and RSK Director, and Andrew Tempany, Landscape Architect and RSK Associate Director, the virtual event will explore how the first decades of the 21st century have witnessed unprecedented changes. “There is a need, now more than ever, to make this century a new ‘ecological age’ and to restore our connections with nature,” states the promotional material. Jon, who leads RSK Wilding, will explore how collaborations between ecology and landscape can help create the outcomes we need now. “The event offers us the chance to communicate how RSK Wilding, and the wider RSK group, is striving to restore biodiversity,” he says.

Ecologist Jon set up RSK Wilding in early 2020 after reading and being inspired by Isabella Tree’s book Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm. Jon’s main driver behind his vision for rewilding is to restore biodiversity, especially to those parts of the landscape where the greatest losses have occurred. However, he is also passionate about the other benefits that will accrue from rewilding, including enhanced carbon sequestration, soil restoration, less flooding, improved water quality and better access to the countryside for local people. There is also the enhancement in landscape character through the more natural feel to the countryside that comes with the reinstatement of the habitats that would have been on the land before the intensification of farming.

Want to register for free? Follow this link to the website and read more about the event in April.