made ground

stave hill ecological park

Roof of rubble and shells, creating a low fertility substrate similar to foreshore, for the establishment of plants which arrive carried by birds and wind.

Stave Hill has been established on derelict former dockland from 1986 as successor to the William Curtis site by Tower Bridge, which was one of the first urban ecology parks. It comprises a varied collection of micro-habitats created from scratch on landfill and rubble. Over 30 years it has become an important green space and a hub for ecological activities in a more and more densely inhabited urban area.

Sounds reveal the entanglement of local and global, with migrants prominent especially in Spring. Plants and fungi reflect the site's maritime history, with indigenous species and exotics intermixed, as a result of planning and chance.

For long an example of the Third Landscape - an 'unresolved patch of the planetary garden' (Gilles Clément) - Stave Hill has recently received Nature Reserve status. Its future evolution will reflect a balance between ecological succession and the management of 'landscape heritage' - a tension that has existed since its inception.

Listening in the Chthulucene also involves new kinds of ground: moved, removed, re-imagined, re-made.

Live stream for World Listening Day 18 July 2017
Raspberry Pi streambox over 4G with tube mic from reclaimed polypropylene pipe
GS with Stave Hill Ecological Park, SoundCamp, Locus Sonus, Rotherhithe Shed
Image by Sam Baraitser Smith
Supported by USTSC

Temporary stream now stopped. A recording can be heard at electric storm