A wild wayfinding system encouraging people to forage for their food, reduce waste and consume more mindfully.
The global pandemic has been tragic but has also provided us with several valuable insights. Among these are a greater focus on our local areas, the need for more active lifestyles to promote physical and mental wellbeing as well as a realisation about our over-reliance on large supermarkets. Therefore as life now begins to return to a more stable reality, we have the chance to change our consumption patterns. What if a simple solution could help us and others explore our local areas, be more active whilst also reducing our over-reliance on produce that is out of season, chemically enhanced and fertilised, has high food miles and is over packaged.
Foraging for food and medicinal plants is a traditional skill which used to be common knowledge, passed down through the generations, but as lifestyles changed and urban developments took over, it became a knowledge set which has been largely lost.
Wildfinding works by encouraging community groups to implement a system of guerilla wayfinding signs to help people find places to forage safely for edible and medicinal plants. Naturally, a sustainable approach will be needed in order to ensure that plants are not over picked as they are part of a delicate ecosystem including wildlife. The system consists of stickers on lamposts, markers in the ground and tiles (thus saving surplus bathroom/kitchen stock from landfill) with screen printed, seasonal and intriguing haikus. The Wildfinding website provides further information.
Walk (and eat) on the wild side.