"More than weeds" is aimed at changing our perception of plants growing on walls, pavement and tree pits. Since its launch in October 2019, the project has gained momentum in the UK and abroad, with enthusiasts sharing pictures of their pavement finds, artists being inspired by the beauty of spontaneous flora & community groups working on their ID skills. It is hoped that this will encourage the recording of urban flora, and convince local authorities to adopt more respectful practices for the management of urban nature. Inspired by the “Urban Flora of Scotland" initiative, I would like to take the project to the next level, using recording as a way to research the diversity, the evolution and the key functions of urban flora.
I am a freelance botanical consultant, writer, and nature tour leader with a passion for urban ecology. With my project More Than Weeds, I am hoping to change people's perception of spontaneous flora, but also to improve the consideration for biodiversity - plants in particular - in planning and landscaping.