My walk this week has been through a space between, a space on the edge of both nature and industry – and nature, of course, wins every time and in so many ways.
Looking at the evidence of man is perhaps not the best way to finish my posts on this walk but there are other elements to the landscape apart from the old tyres and wires. The profusion of old Buddleia bushes will soon bring hundreds of butterflies to this place so close to and yet devoid of man. The growth of all the plants through this Spring time (and many more to come) will ignore our abandoned detritus and get on with reclaiming their natural place – that is not to say that the local animals will not be affected by it.
The aural landscape here also has a huge amount to offer and is as much responsible for the calming effect I needed on this walk as the textures, colours and patterns in the nature around me. The soundscape below includes a faint backdrop of turning wind turbines but mostly the it is the birds that can be heard. And so I returned along the twisting footpath, through the abandoned woods and past the industrial pipe land and felt very much better than I did when I started out.
Newport Edgelands Soundscape