in March 2022 I joined a group of environmental activists in my village - the climate and ecology action group, which is engaging in activities to encourage a greener, healthier village. One of the reasons for joining the group was to force myself to broaden my horizons so I have decided to expand my blog to take in the natural environment of which my garden is a part.
My practical contribution to the community action plan is concerned with biodiversity and the creation of maps of habitat-types in the area around the village. I had to create a new website to support the project and this will contibue to be developed throughout my involvement with the group https://rebetchworth.weebly.com/
Spring is in full swing. Its my favourite time of the year and I wanted to immerse myself in it so I decided to make a movie to celebrate ithe signs of spring in some of the woodland areas near my home. Over three days I visited three different woodland (including our own) and photographed the plants – mainly wild flowers and trees and shrubs that were in blossom or coming into leaf. On two of my explorations I was accompanied by my youngest daughter who also loves nature and it was a delight to have her company and her knowledge – she is very interested in plants. We used the PlantNet App to help me identify the plants. I then spent another day assembling my photos using windows moviemaker and adding music and then overlaying text to name the plants. When finished I uploaded it to my biodiversity website https://rebetchworth.weebly.com/education.html
By immersing myself in nature through my woodland walks – it did something to me and I tried to celebrate some of its wonder and splendour in my movie. The intention to make a movie forced me to learn as I had to identify the plants I was photographing using PlantNet and I watched several YouTube clips that explained the natural signs of ancient woodlands including the indicator plants. In this way I improved my understanding of the significance and meaning of what I was observing and my enjoyment of it.
I shared my movie with my planning group. It was great to receive their positive feedback and the leader of the group shared it with the village Whats App forum with an invitation to share their photos of plants and animals that they had spotted while out walking. I felt I had made a useful contribution to our collective project.