Lulu Urquart of Urquhart & Hunt, and director of Forest of Selwood has a garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022 that showcases how beavers allow biodiversity to thrive through their astounding manipulation of the landscape.
In support of Rewilding Britain, this garden exemplifies the harmonious coexistence of people and the natural world that the concept of rewilding advances. Featuring a timber track, a wildlife viewing hide, native plant species and a series of beaver dams, the garden portrays a landscape both restored and re-imagined.
Beavers became extinct in the UK 400 years ago, and only in recent years have they been reintroduced back into parts of the country, notably in Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park and east Devon. The inspiration for the garden comes from seeing the incredible abundance, diversity and beauty that comes from the presence of beavers, a mammal once lost to the British landscape and now reintroduced.
Tuesday 24 – 28th May 2022
We’re delighted to announced that on Saturday 30th April at 1.30pm Jill Butler, Forest of Selwood’s Chair will be part of a panel discussing the importance of regenerative farming in restoring nature to our landscapes at Planted Country’s event at Stourhead. Jill’s panel will be one of six ‘Save our Soil’ talks, bringing together leading thinkers in nature, design and food production. Jill will be in discussion with Derek Gow (Author of Bringing back the Beaver), Tom Carver (Westcombe Dairy) and Ben Raskin (Soil Association).
Following the success of Planted’s September launch at King’s Cross in London, Planted Country will bring together design-led businesses, brands and organisations who place nature and sustainability at their core, while working with local environmental and design experts, searching for solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis. There will be a wealth of sustainable design on display, high-calibre talks, nature-based workshops and a botannical market.