From Global to the territorial - The Cromarty Firth garden -

These bioregions therefore form autonomous entities but which remain connected with the other spaces. They communicate, exchange and depend on each other.

This notion of the inter-scale of biosystems is also linked to gardens. A comparison between a bioregion and a garden would not be uninteresting.

The territorial garden is a particular scale, sit (a particular microcosm) which also contains other gardens (microcosm within a microcosm). This diversity of universes is a source of diversity like the life it tries to understand. 

From Global to the territorial - The Cromarty Firth Garden -
The limits inside the territorial garden -From boundaries to corridors-

The modernist vision of the 20th century completely carved out spaces and encouraged the fragmentation of our landscapes. 

However, despite the many barriers that these engineering elements place on biodiversity and the elements, they remain essential corridors for human societies. Indeed, this dichotomy of state is essential to understand all of the boundaries and borders within the garden.

Boundaries are also corridors. These corridors are essential infrastructures for the flow of goods and services for the societies that use them. 

The limits inside the territorial garden - From boundaries to corridors -
Water issues inside the territorial garden -Researching a new relation with water-

The geo-hydrographic analysis of the valley shows a paradox. Water is present there in abundance but the underground reserves are often dry because water has great difficulty in infiltrating due to the nature of the soil but also because of the embankment of rivers and the drainage of the land. 

Water issues inside the territorial garden - Researching a new relation with water -
Corridors Networks Composition -Blue/Green structures-

The idea of these corridors should correspond not to watertight and impermeable boundaries but rather to transitions between spaces. 

There is one word in ecology to describe these transitions: Ecotone. 

Ecotones are spaces where the dynamics of evolution are very important.  Indeed, these environments have in their breasts a combination of plants from two different environments which meet. 

This meeting promotes biological diversity and creates a place of exchange. They are porous hedges. 

Corridors Networks Composition - Blue/Green structures -
Ecological ressources -Gardening the Ecotone-

Within the territorial garden, seeing farmers as gardeners have a precise sound. Indeed, the relationship of farmers to their land is different from others. 

Considering the territorial garden as a productive space, as a utilitarian place, is important for its good maintenance and for its acceptance in the peasant community.  

Underestimating the productive value of a territory is to forget the people who live in it.

Ecological ressources - Gardening the Ecotone -
The territorial garden - Cromarty Firth as an organism of Flux -

The Cromarty Firth territorial garden is designed to create a framework that makes it possible to support all the actions carried out by the actors of the territory. 

This balance between drawn structures and the activities that emerge in a landscape are adaptive, capable of changing and evolving

This Framework create a huge network to improve connections and surge inside the garden. These Fluxs support the emergence of Life.

Water has a special treat in this garden. Four different actions are carried out to promote the emergence of life and improve its quality :

- Renaturalisation of the Conon river,
- Change the profile of the Peffery river to support the effects of climate change
- Recreate a blue belt by recreating lochs around the valley (ex: Culbokie Loch)
- Create a new landscape framework for marshy areas in order to support agricultural activities and the development of biodiversity.

The territorial garden - The Cromarty Firth as an organism of Flux -

What is a territorial garden? This question only makes sense if we understand the need to reconsider our relationship with other species, other elements, non-humans. Indeed, our atmospheric and geological impact as a species is considerable. The temporal and spatial scale of our actions far exceeds what Earth and Life in general can withstand. For years, scientists have been warning our societies about the negative consequences of our actions, and philosophers have been trying to understand how we can change our habits and live in harmony with our environment. The garden has been, since its origin, the privileged meeting place between Human and Nature. 

Inside the Territorial Garden all the limits and boundaries are referencing (roads, railways, rivers, etc.) to create a general map which, instead of showing impassable boundaries, shows a new network on which a new system of green and blue corridors will be established.
The creation of these highways of energies and resources will allow the emergence of a new biodiversity and a new landscape experience for the inhabitants of the Cromarty Firth valley.

Furthermore, inside the Cromarty Firth valley, water is a major element. Water has always been of crucial importance in gardens and the Territorial Garden is not an exception. Water therefore has a special status in the territorial garden. Its treatment will be essential to develop a space where Flows are improved to promote the emergence of Life and where its quality on earth has a positiv impact on the Cromarty Firth. 

The territorial garden is a new form of Art that invites all actors (human and non-human) to experiencing and to gardening Life as if it were the most precious thing that we have. 


“And a Man shall ever see that when Ages grow to Civility and Elegancy, Men come to build stately rather then Garden finally. 
As if Gardening was the greater Perfection.”

Francis Bacon’s Essay Of Gardens, 1625

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