Nat­u­ral Habi­tats

There’s more than one way to em­brace the en­vi­ron­ment at home, writes Richard War­ren

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There’s more than one way to em­brace the en­vi­ron­ment at home

More than half the world’s pop­u­la­tion live in cities, yet even as we gather closer in con­crete clus­ters, our de­sire to be closer to na­ture in­creases. This is ex­pressed in a num­ber of ways in the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment, such as a push for car­bon neg­a­tive homes that cause min­i­mal dam­age to the en­vi­ron­ment, and win­ter gardens, where we can en­joy green­ery all year round what­ever the weather.

James Fen­ner, whose con­sul­tancy, Silk Road, helps prop­erty de­vel­op­ers “rewild” their pro­jects by en­sur­ing green­ery fea­tures in their de­signs, says he finds peo­ple in­creas­ingly want homes con­nected to na­ture, not tech­nol­ogy. Trees, flow­ers, grass and bushes are good for peo­ple’s men­tal and phys­i­cal health, he says. “Be­ing close to na­ture is bet­ter for all of us and should be em­braced at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. If not, we’ll be sur­rounded by con­crete and screens; Dar­win would be ap­palled.”

GREEN RE­TREAT The 8,700sqft in­door gar­den at the Land­mark Pin­na­cle in Lon­don

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