Horticulture Week Podcast: conceptual landscape consultant Kim Wilkie on what it really means to be led by the land

A strategic and conceptual landscape consultant who works in diverse landscapes around the world, Kim Wilkie explains what a landscape-led approach means:

"I think [there's] a bit of confusion about what landscape-led means. For me it's looking at the soil, the topography, the way that water has formed the shape of the land, and then also understanding of human history and the stories to go along with that land."

He talks in detail about a fascinating project in the Arctic Circle where he was challenged with honouring the fragile environment’s turbulent history, while attracting new tourists. 

Wilkie discusses the history and influence of English gardening culture and how he the 'English landscape movement' in the 18th century celebrated naturalistic landscapes and "the celebration of well-farmed land was seen as beautiful in itself" which informs his attitude to landscape and practice on his own farm.

Another of his passions is regenerative farming and he tells host Rachael Forsyth why he is "mystified by the campaign against cows" when it comes to climate change. He argues that actually, they might be part of the solution when farming is done right:

"Counter-intuitively, flood meadows grazed by cattle sequester carbon into the ground faster and more permanently than any amount of woodland or any other form of carbon capture."

Presenter: HortWeek senior reporter Rachael Forsyth
Producer: HortWeek digital content manager Christina Taylor

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