Despite the growing awarenesss regarding the importance of nature within cities, public green maintenance choices are very rarely communicated about. I argue that this is a pity, and that questioning the way that public workers (and/or citizens) maintain the existing greeney are as essential as making new planting goals for:
1)Maintenance choices tell a lot about the relationship that the city want to establish with the other life forms it shares space with.
2)Maintenance work gives shape to our daily environment, encouraging or hindering the uses we can do of it.

What relationship do we (citizens) have/want to create with our living environment?
Can alternative, shared systems of maintenance make space for not only more biodiversity (enjoying its « ecosystem services ») but also a more cohesive and participative society, without putting pressure on the resident ?

Illustration and graphic works

therapeutic drawings

under pressure

© 2018, Cécile Espinasse