The Challenge

Bioregional consider this to be the challenge we face globally in relation to Nature and Wildlife;

  • loss of biodiversity and habitats due to development in natural areas and over exploitation of natural resources

 

The Goals

Bioregional identify the following goals, set so we can all contribute to a common and ultimate goal;

  • to ensure a positive contribution to local biodiversity
  • to maximise carbon sequestration in the soil and biomass
  • to maximise the synergies between agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, and carbon storage
  • to enhance “ecosystem services” such as providing clean water and clean air
  • to engage people in recognising the value of nature including its value to human health

The Green Centre

Since 2006 the Green Centre team have been considering the Bioregional challenge and focusing on the Bioregional goals. The team have applied them through a series of initiatives developed in collaboration with the Brighton and Hove community and further afield through national and global initiatives. Through this organic process of learning our journey has centered around a set of intentions which help us practice the art of Nature and Wildlife.

  • Our intentions;

1. to protect soil
2. to plant trees
3. to encourage diversity

  • Local to Brighton and Hove we have engaged with Brighton and Hove Food Partnership in particular their, Grow Your Neighbours Own scheme by sharing the Green Centre garden with local gardeners. The Sussex Wildlife Trust taught us the best thing to be done for any garden is to install a wildlife pond which we did. Following advice from Southern Water we installed a comprehensive rainwater harvesting system. Ali Waters of the former Magpie Educational Trust taught us how we could protect the soil. We grew Comfrey and supported this by introducing three different kinds of composting including standard composting, a Green Johanna for hot composting and a wormery. 

  • Nationally we engaged with Professor Francis Ratniek at The Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at Sussex University. A leading expert in the study of bees and their decline we became involved in a nationwide campaign to protect bees; sharing information, planting our own bee garden and building bee boxes from wood off cuts from a local saw mill.

  • Globally we have engaged with Survival International  an organisation which works in partnership with tribal peoples to protect their lives and land and whom we support through our foreign currency recycling scheme. We understand the value of trees through engagement with Tree Aid.