When we think of nature, we often imagine pristine wilderness with snow-peaked mountains, lush trees, and rushing water. Many people take refuge in nature for moments of solitude and reflection. But not all natural spaces have to look like a Bob Ross painting!
Nature can also be ‘mundane’. It is the daisy growing between the cracks in the pavement, the racoons living in your laneway or the riverbank rushing behind your house. It’s also the trees that line your streets, the worms that live in your gardens, and the barriers that run wild along our train tracks. Nature is all around us. We just need to know where to look.
Over half the human population regularly experiences and benefits from nature in urban areas, whether its visible or not. Let’s celebrate these mundane yet wild spaces that make our homes a better place.
To learn more about this concept, check out our article, “Celebrating the Mundane: Nature and the Built Environment”.