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... of an almost abandoned south west facing slope in Swindon, England in response to the Transition Towns initiative of Rob Hopkins, in the context of the fact that OUR DNA is made of the same DNA as the tree ... the tree breathes what we exhale ... when the tree exhales we need what the tree exhales ... so we have common destiny with the tree ... as it communicates with other trees beneath our feet ...

FROM THIS, looking west in the autumn of 2005 - top terrace fruit trees to the north, Scottish raspberries and asparagus - thinking about all things organic, no-dig systems, permaculture, forest-gardening etc.
TO THIS in 2007

TO THIS ... in 2013

and as a result of [BE]ing able to retire early from paid employment, Blackcurrants, red currants, gooseberries, greengage, plum, pears and apples - on the upper northerly terrace of the three allotments, protecting the lower terraces and the scottish raspberries' second crop from autumn winds and cold and early frosts. These fruit trees also absorb much of the increasing levels of rainfall and prevent too much ground water flowing down the bedrock slope to the lower terraces...

TO THIS ... in 2016

As author Annie Murphy Paul puts it...

'The brain . . . does not make such a 
distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated.'
This research jibes with my own experience.

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