Winged Benches

Yesterday, 30th November, was Remembrance Day for Lost Species. This is a chance each year to explore the stories of species, cultures, lifeways and habitats driven extinct by unjust exploitation, past and ongoing. It is about taking a moment to mourn, but then afterwards to take action to provide urgent help for those species threatened by extinction. The emphasis yesterday was on pollinators, which are mainly insects (now known to have declined by 75% in numbers in the past 3 decades), but also birds and mammals. In Telegraph Hill, we organised a simple action of a winged bench which people could sit on to become an insect and hold a message. As it started snowing – only a ‘flindrikin’ or light dusting of snow – but it was cold enough to drive us off the bench and into the Hill Station where we set up a winged sofa.

Some bees (Emma Garofolo from Mischief Makers, and Stephanie Patient) also came along to amaze and inform. So many conversations and connections were made. People came from afar (Holland! Muswell Hill!). Everybody that passed by expressed support, and a wish to green the area and make it pollinator-friendly. We agreed to hold an event during the festival to explore ideas further.

Jen

Jen, in the Hill Station

 

Wren

Amy

 

Peter

Peter

 

Remember Lost Species

Remember Lost Species

Thea

Thea

 

Josephine

Josephine

 

Playclub bees

Playclub meets the bees

 

Architect

An architect

 

Christina

Christina

 

Meeting big bees

Looking up at the bees

 

Chris and Daisy

Chris and Daisy

Twininsects

Little ones

 

Brian

Brian

 

Tony

Tony

 

Love Pollinators

Love pollinators

 

Maev

Maeve

 

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Candace

 

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Edy

 

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Fiona

 

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Fordy

 

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Frances

 

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Greta

 

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Ian

 

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Loreen

 

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Louise

 

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Mairtin

 

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Mica, Flynn & Guy

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Tim

 

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Verena

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