Well Dressing April 2022

XR Malvern Well Dressing!

The Temperance Drinking Fountain has been dressed by Malvern Extinction Rebellion – and looks stunning!

Well worth a visit, it’s in place until Sunday 8th May. We chose a theme of biodiversity and nature in literature.

The Well Dressing festival was originally going to coincide with the UN Biodiversity conference – COP 15 in China (now delayed), which aims to agree a new set of goals for urgent action to halt and reverse the loss of plants, animals and ecosystems on our planet.

People depend on nature and nature is being destroyed at an alarming rate. The UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world, with 1 in 4 British mammals now at risk of extinction.

The loss of biodiversity worldwide is intrinsic to the climate change crisis and needs to be addressed with the same urgency.

When you read a piece of literature, it is like a time machine that transports you to another time and place, and the wonders of nature are represented throughout historic as well as modern literature. Contemporary literature represents the world we see today; many poems are written to express the emotions associated with losing our natural world. Much has already been lost, including large mammals, birds and small insects.

In Malvern we have lost these birds:- Curlew, Quail, Willow Tit, Tree Sparrow, Woodlark, Nightjar.

……and we have lost these butterflies and moths:- Juniper, Purple Emperor, Large Tortoiseshell, Small Blue, Large Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Small Bordered Fritillary, Wall Brown, Dingy Skipper, High Brown Fritillary.

……and we have lost these mammals:- Red Squirrel, Harvest Mouse, Pine Marten.

Throughout art and literature, we celebrate our emotional and spiritual connection to the natural world.

Here is more information on visiting the dressed wells.