God’s Own Gardeners

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An article has appeared in one of the leading Indian magazines entitled God’s Own Gardeners! (Suprabha adds that not all of the numbers quoted are correct.)

Read it here: God’s Own Gardeners by Akshai Jain

 

Ecological Restoration

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John speaking from the Sanctuary.

This week activist and documentary film-maker John D. Liu visits the Sanctuary with Maryan Klomp. John is a strong advocate of ecological restoration and aims to set up training and research centers on all continents to act as a vanguard for restoring functional ecosystems. Here is a 5 min introduction to his work:

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We proudly invite you to an open conversation with Suprabha on habitat restoration.

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Suprabha Seshan is ecologist and educator at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary, in the Western Ghat mountains of Kerala, India, dedicated to the preservation of plant species, restoration ecology and environmental education.They find, protect and grow the most horticulturally challenging and endangered plant-species. For 35 years they have been tirelessly accumulating plants and developing the sensitivity to garden back the biosphere; to nurture species, habitats and human sensibilities. The team including local indigenous women has produced results many regarded as impossible; reestablishing habitats and microclimates for several thousands of plantspecies and thus also for animals.

Suprabha has spent 20 years living and working intertwined with the lives of the plants, animals and humans of northern Kerala and the two contrasting aspects of nature that ecosystem gardeners work with: resilience and fragility. The whole forest and its myriad beings can indeed return, but only with the right kind of help. This is critical: with the right kind of help, the whole forest, and all its beings, grows outwards again.

 

From 18 until 23 march 2013 she will be visiting Amsterdam and Wageningen. For more information about dates and venues see program. Places are limited.

News from the Sanctuary

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 Whitley Award

A lot is happening at the Sanctuary this year!

Great news this summer, Suprabha Seshan and the Sanctuary have been awarded continuation funding from the Whitley Awards organization, only given to winners who have proven to be truly exceptional. 

“In this way, we enable the continued growth of projects where outstanding contributions to conservation are being made and creating lasting impact.”

For more information see WhitleyAward.org

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Lectures

Suprabha’s lecture tour to the Netherlands, the UK, Switzerland, and the US was intense and exhausting, but reached a large and varied audience. Speaking to such varying groups of conservationists, students and policy makers, each presentation was different.

This is a recording of the talk Suprabha gave at Brockwood park school in Hampshire England.


 

Website

In between planting an entire new hill-side to become another fully functional stretch of forest, the Sanctuary has been working on a new website to inform the world about their work. The site is still under construction, but can be previewed here: Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary

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Rainforest Etiquette

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Suprabha Seshan is ecologist and educator at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary, a forest garden in the Western Ghat mountains of Kerala, India, dedicated to the preservation of plant species, restoration ecology and environmental education. Suprabha is touring through Europe and the United States for a lecture series entitled: Rainforest Etiquette in a World Gone Mad based on two premises: that nature is primary and that the planet is in peril.

 Suprabha has spent 20 years living and working intertwined with the lives of the plants, animals and humans of northern Kerala and the two contrasting aspects of nature that ecosystem gardeners work with: resilience and fragility. The whole forest and its myriad beings can indeed return, but only with the right kind of help. This is critical: with the right kind of help, the whole forest, and all its beings, grows outwards again.

 The awful truth is that 93% of the Western Ghats are already destroyed. The remaining habitats are fragmented badly. Her talk will call attention to the vital beauty of these mountain forests and their precarious toehold in an India that annihilates the environment as its technocrats push for economic might. 

 The questions that drive the Sanctuary’s work echo through her presentation: What must we do to bring the forests back? What is it to listen to the natural world?  What do the plants have to say? Whom do we love?

 

On 16, 17, 18 october 2011 Suprabha will be speaking in Amsterdam, Wageningen and Velp to general and expert audiences. For more information about dates and venues see program. Places are limited.