Design research Environmental philosophy Visual communication
Our garden is one of the few connections we still have with the natural environment. Ance’s project encourages us to nourish it. Her guideline for a garden with a well functioning ecosystem is gathered in the eight Commandments of Biodiversity. It’s not about having a perfectly neat lawn, but rather letting what grows to flourish as it pleases. Following the eight direction transforms a garden into an environment providing shelter, food, and nectar to small animals, birds and insects. Nurturing the ecosystems by leaving reasonable amounts of wildlife in our garden would trigger a change restoring our connection to the local species of birds, bees, butterflies and flowers. For following the Commandments of Biodiversity, residents of Drenthe province would receive a Biodiversity Medal form the nature reserves. Just like the colonists were honoured with medals for cultivating the land 200 years ago.