Forest Of Dean Environment Centre must not close - Call from the Wilderness

Tony Gosling tony at
Tue Jan 31 16:23:43 GMT 2012

Call from the Wilderness

Here in the Forest Of Dean we are trying to find our way home. How 
did we come to dwell here in the wilderness? For over 40 years the 
wilderness has been a pioneering environmental education centre. Then 
last year Gloucestershire county council decided that it was no 
longer in the public interest to sustain the centre. Better value for 
the taxpayer to sell it to the highest bidder? We disagree. We 
believe that education is the greatest source of wealth in our 
communities. Surely the exploitation of our environment can only be 
driven by ignorance. Education is our greatest tool in the struggle 
against exploitation.

The council seem to think otherwise. The county council, or in their 
words "the powers that be" think we are homeless. Travellers, 
squatters they tell us to move on. They want us out of here. We don't 
belong here. They tell us we have no right to be here. They've set 
their wolves to prowl around the grounds locking things down. They 
want our names and previous addresses. They don't trust us. They are 
concerned about health and safety. The public are a liability. We 
tried to talk about responsibility. We tried to assure them that we 
fully comprehend the implications of a compost toilet. But they are doubtful.

Exactly who is bewildered?

We came here on the first full moon of the year with the intention of 
creating an environmental education centre to disclose a process of 
learning the skills and techniques required to move towards a home 
founded upon the principles of economic self-sufficiency and 
ecological sustainability.

To be a force of resolution we need people to join us. Decisive 
people who understand the consequences of there actions. Committed, 
hard working people. We need people with a respect for food. We need 
gardeners and growers who can cultivate the ideas that have been sown 
in our soil by the differing schools of permaculture and 
bio-dynamics. Who know how let these ideas grow organically. We need 
people with the determination to dig. Reflective people who look for 
their reflection in others. People who can practice the hospitality 
of the guest. People who do not wait for others to make necessary changes.

Here in the wilderness we make ourselves at home. You are welcome.

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