I know I’ve always just written about our urban market gardens on this blog, but today warrants a departure from tradition: Wangari Maathai died last night.
It’s devastating news and it took me some time to get myself together to get down to Allens Gardens after I heard it this morning. Luckily Julie was around to hold the fort until I got there.*
You see, in the last five years, alongside my focus on growing local and all the amazing things that accompany that, I’ve spent quite a bit of time working with the Green Belt Movement through the Gaia Foundation. Before I took on the rather more full on role of head grower with Growing Communities, this meant a few trips out to Kenya to check in with how the project was going.
Not only have I been blown away by all the stories of the work of this phenomenal woman, but I am also extremely grateful to have met her and been inspired by her energy, grace and brilliant humour.
So I dedicate this blog to Prof, and celebrate her life and the inspiration she has been to me and countless others. May her work continue through all of us.
It might not have been trees, but today I was just happy to be able to spend some time planting, a simple task of renewal and of life.
* last day of Julie’s apprenticeship…how quickly this growing season has sped by.