By way of intervening to improve ecosystem resistance and resilience, it is intended to employ succession devices of varying natures. These devices will largely go unnoticed either in initial placement or in developed outcome. Certain devices will contain genetic material in the form of seeds and spores to either create ripples of succession resulting, unstewarded, in climax communities appropriate to individual location. Other devices are designed to foster the germination of seeds useful as pollinators, to be sited in areas where greater resources and connectivity are required for these important ecosystem actors. It is also proposed to site planted installations which will not only foster connectivity and add to ecosystem resilience, but provide something aesthetically surprising for those who know what they are looking at.
Succession devices are part of Acts of rebalance.
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These little sculptures are made with post-consumer pulp waste containing seeds, moss and lichen. The internal space is filled with compost derived from our own household waste and mixed with the larger seeds such as acorns and hazelnuts. The external space has seeds which require scarification by passing through the gut of birds and are therefore more widely dispersed. The stake is willow and will root almost immediately. This object contains the plant genetic material required to create a climax community tailored to its site. As soon as rain falls on this object, the pulp will begin to disintegrate, the moss will start to grow and germination of the seeds commences.