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6th October 2021

The Earthshot Prize is going to be awarded this month on the 17th October. It is a new global prize for the environment, designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years. There are five categories: Protect and restore nature; Fix our climate; Clean our air; Revive our oceans; and Build a waste-free world. They are featured on BBC.

Cop 26, the UN climate change conference in Glasgow, is at the beginning of November. Much of the discussions for this are happening now so please keep this in your thoughts and prayers. We need governments and organisations to work together and make commitments and laws that will ameliorate the changes in our climate.

A wonderful group of people are walking from London to Glasgow to be there for it. It is a pilgrimage for nature and is called Listening to the Land . Please support them. Pilgrimage for Nature are one of the official events at COP26, which is HUGE and allows them to be a platform for the many voices they have heard from all the people and other fellow beings they have met as they have crossed the land, and the voices of indigenous peoples from overseas who, due to COVID, will not have as much access to the main arena as is normally the case. These are people living on the front line of climate change and whose skills and expertise we need to draw on to survive this. Listening to the Land will be hosting their event on 12th November.

When we do listen to the land, there is so much it gives back despite what we have done to it. There is hope, and joy, and life there. I encourage you to take time and do the same.

Listening to the Land

The wayside plants talk to me as I pass in words of brown and green. ‘Hallo’ they say, ‘we haven’t seen you for a while, are you OK?’ I smile and pass on past huge, happy hazel leaves grinning at the sun, and wine-thorned stems of bramble resting from all the pushing and growing and arching with a maternal air and nests of black drupes.

And oh the red, round earrings, necklaces, jewelled bodices of hawthorn which is modestly turning to dappled yellow and brown so as not to flaunt its pride in such a rich harvest. Elder leaves catch the sun and the spiders and the shape of the day between each leaf as a present to please us as we pass.

Nettles lean drunkenly with their stiff tassels of beads, humbly healing the land with a shy smile. And the grass is still singing as it loves the sky and reaches for embrace before it lays itself down, swayed by the gentlest kiss of air.

All is waiting. All is round and green and well-fed and happy for the year has been won, the roots are holding, the fruits are hanging ready for new times after dead winters and there are no regrets, there is no sorrow for the time that will crumple and blow away leaves and seeds, no fear of bare branches, no awareness of temporary death, just a resting in life, a simple trusting in growth that is part of next season’s bloom. Life goes on.

7th September 2021

September 7th this year is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. September is also the beginning of our academic year and the time after our summer break which feels like a new start for many of us. Life does not go on the same, there are always surprises and new beginnings, some more welcome than others.

It is easy to bemoan the things we are aware of that damage people and planet, but change comes by believing in the future and letting go of the past. Things can seem beyond our control, but holding hope and vision for new ways of co-operation, respect and wisdom helps to bring in the new.

I love this Rosh Hashanah blessing, usually given with a piece of apple dipped in honey. I send it to you, and to our planet:

May the Lord renew for you a year that is good and sweet.
(Use whatever term you are comfortable with)


I am sitting on the sand,
I am sitting on my planet.

I am rooted in this time,
I am present in this place.

This is my arena for life,
I leave footprints on its face.

8th August 2021

‘As you walk upon the sacred earth, treat each step as a prayer.’ Black Elk. We walk the earth with dead feet, not connecting to the wonder beneath us. What difference might it make to the earth, and to us, if we walked with living feet? Walking consciously is good, having bare feet even better, and dancing better still. Walk your appreciation and your connection into the planet. Dance your song of love and feel the joy.


is my meditation
putting one foot
in front of the other,
heel to toes,
connecting with the earth
then letting go,
moving my body
and my awareness
through space,
connecting with this place
then letting go.

10th July 2021

Our sweet dog Lizzie died this week. Death of pets affects us very deeply for they are all unique and much loved. Even non-mammals have different characters and can establish a relationship with us. Sometimes we see pets and farm animals as separate from the big canvas of nature; we have removed them from the wild and could think that it is our taming and our interaction that leads to these relationships. But let us look at it the other way round. Our relationship with pets shows us that we can respect and relate to other aspects of nature. All of nature is a network of ecosystems, and in an ecosystem all the diverse elements interrelate and affect each other. We too are part of nature. Let us use that knowledge to ensure that our relationships and interaction with our planet are positive elements in our ecosystem.


I can immerse myself in the bowl of summer, feel its edges around me and sink down, down into its unfettered abandon. The sun is loose and free, it soaks through the air, through the ground, through my skin like caramel. The clouds are friends scattering the sky with white or bringing the rain we need to maintain the green and to open up the earth. The days stretch into the night like a house with extra rooms added each summer, rooms to fill with all we want to do in the light and with all the occupations of nature.

Nature fills summer like an Indian wedding, everyone here, everything so full of colour and life. Flowers follow the sun, bees and seeds follow the flowers, and birds follow the seeds. There is so much, a plenitude, so many insects, so many grasses, so many plants with their own colour and form. So many trees sculpting the shapes around us for light and birds to fly through, filling the earth at their feet and the sky at their head, sounding the wind for us when it blows.

We are part of nature and fill each summer with our open bodies. We cannot escape it, cannot avoid responding to its light, its heat, its pollen. We are changed by it, we are part of the great cycle that spirals through the seasons, carrying us all in its loops. This year I am going to live in it fully, greet it each morning and enjoy its embrace. My mind likes hurrying away to the future and holding the summer in my plans, holding its transience and so anticipating its demise. This year I’m not holding the summer, the summer is holding me. I am grounded in the grass, I am blooming like the hawkbit in my lawn with bright heads of yellow florets and fluffy heads of waiting seeds. I am not yesterday or tomorrow, I am here and now, I am turning with the sun, I am happy.

10th June 2021

Do you like grass? I love it. I love the green carpet in my garden that is soft on my feet and eye. There are approximately 11,400 species of grass which include wheat, barley, oats, rice, maize, sorghum and millet so grass provides nearly half of all human food and even more when you consider it as the food of the meat that we eat. Grass covers a quarter of the land surface. And it traps carbon dioxide, stabilises the soil preventing erosion, improves the soil keeping it cooler and moister, it helps clean the air and reduces noise pollution.

Lawns were only owned by the rich initially, using grazing sheep on the rolling pastures of Capability Brown, and highly paid sidesmen to scythe them short near the house. Lawn mowers were invented by the Victorians opening the way for any of us to have a lawn in our modest gardens. Yet we have not lost the image of the perfect lawn being a work of art with no weeds, no moss and no untidy edges. We sculpt nature by eliminating most of its natural components so that it looks nice, whereas not applying poisons, letting it grow longer and including the wild flowers that blow in is so much better for our environment.

Let us work with nature, with our lawns, and with our wild flowers aka weeds. And let us hold in our prayers and hopes the deliberations of the G7 summit meeting in Cornwall this week, from 11-13th June, as they are looking at how to build a greener future for our planet. Here is what they are doing:

The G7 Leaders’ Summit in 2021 is presided over by the UK and aims to unite leading democracies to help the world build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and create a greener, more prosperous future. The UK Presidency of the G7 aims to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic by:

• leading the global recovery from the coronavirus while strengthening resilience against future pandemics;
• promoting future prosperity by championing free and fair trade;
• tackling climate change and preserving the planet’s biodiversity; and
• championing global shared values.


I don’t envy
lawns with stripes.

I like mine full
of flowers,
growing up again
each time I mow.

The buttercup and hawkbit
are tall and yellow,
the daisies short and white,
and hidden in the grass
are self-heal, clover
and the cushioning of moss.

My lawn isn’t just grass
it is ecosystem,
it is community.