Self Isolation #FavouriteThings

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I saw this uncredited image on Twitter and the first thing that sprang to mind was “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…” . The Sound of Music is one of those films passed on in our genes, deeply embedded in the cultural soul of everyone in the world. The sacrilege of the Von Trapp children dressed in their curtains being ordered home led me to consider in my self-isolation just what precisely are some of my favourite things?


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My brief daily walk is important to me on many levels beyond fresh air and exercise. It’s a change of scene away from the confines of my home. It’s a moment in time where I am back in the world, isolated by my physical distancing, but not alone. I become part of society again and every second matters. I’ve started to notice things like one cluster of leaves that sprouted before all the others on a tree; the graffiti that everyone on my walk pauses to photograph; the difference in the crops sown a couple of days apart but side-by-side. These have become a few of my #favouritethings.

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Alongside this are some of the things that matter, I mean really matter. The NHS workers, my bins being emptied, the people working in my local shop, the food banks and the acts of random kindness, or the very human but unexpected interventions of others who’ve planted-up tree pits or chalked the names of trees on park paths. These become #favouritethings as examples of the best of humanity.

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Coronavirus has brutally torn away lives, but it has also brutally revealed some home truths about who in society is really important when things go wrong, and it’s laid bare the inequalities and divisions in society. Living in a National Park City is about a common aim of making life better for all.

Protecting human life is paramount but access to, and connecting with, nature is important for our health. Natural England, the Government’s environmental advisors, state that everyone should be within a 5 minute walk or 300 metres of a green space about the size of two football pitches. It’s clear that many Londoners in flats or rented rooms do not have that luxury. In an urban setting these distances may need shrinking, or have better public transport links and cycle routes. London needs more green space for the physical and mental well-being of Londoners. Natural England’s recomendations also state we should all have:

  • at least one accessible 20 hectare site (approximately 20 football pitches) within 2km of home
  • one accessible 100 hectare site within 5km of home
  • one accessible 500 hectare site within 10km of home

The drastic changes imposed upon us to manage coronavirus show rapid change is possible and governments and institutions have the power to make it happen. So let’s share our #favouritethings, the things that really matter in life. Let’s agree what we want for the future when we emerge from isolation, so we can create a truly green, healthy and wild London for all. #BuildBackBetter.

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