Editorial

We have all been spending a lot more time at home lately. And it has given us an opportunity to become more familiar with our local spaces. Whether that be our own gardens, if we have them, our verges, our local parks and, if we’re lucky, our local wild places. We’ve had more time experiencing them, exploring them, getting to know them and potentially feeling a deeper connection to them.

These are our local spaces, our bit of land that we are a part of. You may have started to notice things about your local place. You might have noticed particular animals that reside in these areas, or plants when they blossom, fruit or drop their leaves. You might notice the extreme beauty of that place, or the degradation and damage that is there. This is all part of creating a connection to the land. And it is this connection that helps us care for the land.

In this issue, Trish Ellis, a local Indigenous elder shares with us her practice of Dadirri (see page 78). How we can connect to Country, taking the time to stop in a place and really connect with it and observe all that is there on a deeper level than just looking. This is a great way to help us deepen our level of connection.

We honour and respect the traditional custodians of these places and the way they have been caring for the land for thousands of years. And now we, too, have a responsibility to care for these landscapes. Those of us who visit these places on a regular basis are the best people to care for the land.

There are so many great examples of people who care for their local public spaces. There are landcare groups, friends-of groups, or just groups of neighbours who decide to take on the care and restoration of their local place and transform it from a barren, and at times degraded landscape, into a beautiful thriving ecosystem.

It doesn’t mean we have to necessarily go to that extreme, but even just caring for your soil in your own backyard, or planting out a verge if you’re allowed to, picking up rubbish to stop it going into local waterways or contacting your council to ask for changes if you see something that could be improved.

I think if we can look at these local spaces as our place, then we’ll take on the love and care for that place in whatever way we can.

Happy connecting,

Robyn

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