DSP Online

is creating a wildlife and sculpture park - fusing rewilding and art.

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$4.50
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You get:
  • Exclusive articles, photo-tips, videos and behind-the-scenes at DSP, teaching you about rewilding, wildlife gardening and environmental art
  • 10% discount on in-park Safaris and workshops

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$9
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You get:
  • Exclusive articles, photo-tips, videos and behind-the-scenes at DSP, teaching you about rewilding, wildlife gardening and environmental art
  • 10% discount on in-park Safaris and workshops
  • invites to special events
  • 5% discount buying art from DSP
  • You can message our experts with your questions (1 question per month)
  • You also get bonus behind the scenes photos and written and audio materials about our new experiments, latest art and new discoveries.

Wild Animal Lover

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$14.50
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You get:
  • Exclusive articles, photo-tips, videos and behind-the-scenes at DSP, teaching you about rewilding, wildlife gardening and environmental art
  • 10% discount on in-park Safaris and workshops
  • invites to special events
  • 5% discount buying art from DSP
  • You can message our experts with your questions (2 question per month)
  • You get bonus behind the scenes photos and articles about our new experiments, latest art and new discoveries
  • You get to sponsor and support our pioneering herbivores from deer to primitive, endangered sheep types and alpaca. You also support our experimental work with new herbivores and the reintroduction of wildlife
  • You get special photos of the herbivores
  • You get 1 free nature Safari a year visiting the amazing wild grazing animals at DSP (after subscribing for 6 months).
  • Your name will be listed on our Wild Animal Lover wall. 

About DSP Online

Devon Sculpture Park (DSP) is the first wildlife and sculpture park. We use rewilding and other natural approaches to build habitats for wildlife, natural plant regeneration and environmental art. DSP Online is where you get to escape to our project from home while learning about smaller-scale rewilding, wildlife gardening and environmental art. DSP Online members are also invited to private, member-only activities and events at the park.

By becoming a member of DSP Online you'll get exclusive access to: our practical photo-tips and stunning photography, behind-the-scenes video, articles and interviews with environmental experts and artists. You also get special discounts on in-park safaris and courses. Plus, you gain the satisfaction of knowing you're helping save the planet a little every day!
With the higher tiers you can get more involved with the project, enjoy free in-park Safaris or workshops and join our online Q&A's.

Why DSP Online?
Our idea was simple. We wanted to create a space where nature, wildlife and art could be free and wild. A place that could become a model for smaller-scale rewilding - an oasis for endangered wildlife, for carbon storage and healthy, natural living.

A place that could support and be supported by a growing community of nature enthusiasts, environmentalists, art lovers, artists and those who just fall in love with what we are trying to do.


We (Kara and Philip Letts) have spent several years creating this place in southwest England on a run down old English estate overlooking the sea, with historic gardens and a hundred acres of parkland and woods. in 2019 we opened the door to Devon Sculpture Park (DSP) and started welcoming visitors. We noticed that they were genuinely fascinated by the place and what we have achieved. Most of them asked us if we would write a book about it, or make a documentary, a TV series or a podcast! We decided that over time we would do it all, but like our front office, do it digitally. So we have launched DSP Online. A place where anyone can share our journey, join this project and support the team, the wildlife, the artists and the various discoveries.

By becoming a member of DSP Online you can help us to explore future living. After all, while government and industry remains slow to reverse the damage of climate change, we as individuals can act. Our gardens, verges, roofs, terraces, parks and commons can be rewilded. We can learn to live and eat differently - to stay healthy, restore nature, reverse biodiversity collapse and reduce pollution.  We can also support artists and creatives who make environmental art and design with sustainable, organic methods. In turn, their work can bring attention to environmental issues and solutions.

It is through your support that we can further develop this vital project. The more DSP Online members we get, the more of a difference we can make. We have tried to give most of the content to the more cost effective tiers. The higher tiers get more interaction with our team and the experts, get free in-park visits and education, while becoming more involved in the project and this special place. We hope you can support us today.

Our story so far

At DSP we are working to reestablish and improve our natural habitats decimated by intensive farming, overgrazing, single species tree plantations, and pesticide gardening. Through our rewilding project we hope to provide a road map for anyone to be able to make a positive effect on the natural world. A route to natural climate solutions.

When we imagine rewilding we normally think about massive national park projects like Yellowstone Park, noted for reintroducing the wolf, or large private projects reintroducing bison. 15 years ago, hidden away on the east coast of America, we began to practice a very different kind of rewilding on a handful of acres outside New York City. Today it is called smaller-scale rewilding.

We planted a mix of trees around the old disused gardens, while lawns were allowed to grow out with wild grasses, "weeds" and wildflowers. A kind of scrubland was developed with bushes and other native plants. Within a couple of years a small, barren space became an oasis for wildlife and natural plant life. The healthy soil rewarded us with abundant free ranging nature, purer air and a carbon sink. We even tested a small wilded kitchen garden, sharing its produce with nature's visitors. Our young children played differently in this mini-wilderness and friends found it more relaxing and liberating than a normal garden. Something interesting was happening. Artists we knew asked to participate in the project and soon they were displaying some of their artistic outputs in this wild place.

Fast forward to today and we have scaled the idea up. The conservation world has named what we do 'smaller-scale rewilding' - which means rewilding projects from garden scale up to 250 acres. In 2014 we bought an old estate, near Exeter, in southwest England and rewilded its historic gardens plus a further 100 acres of parkland and woodland. In 2019 we opened Devon Sculpture Park (DSP). We have already seen our work fundamentally alter the landscape, its wildlife diversity and natural plant growth. Water voles have populated the wetlands and we have had a number of wins with rare birds, bees, butterflies, bats and mammals returning to the place. Rare herbivores, uniquely suited to smaller-scale rewilding, drive the forces of habitat regeneration.

We are using our success to develop models and approaches for gardens, parks, smallholdings and edges of farms to implement smaller-scale rewilding for themselves, and we are providing a platform for environmental art and artists to help communicate and challenge us about climate issues. We are also building a series of courses, tools and learning materials which we will share with you.

Today, any of us can help save the planet by turning a piece of land, no matter how small, into a carbon sink, mini-wetland, wildlife sanctuary and natural plant oasis. By supporting this unique centre of excellence for smaller-scale rewilding you too can learn how to make the difference. Don't make the mistake of thinking that only large scale natural climate projects can help us. That myth has been debunked.

Why we need your support?
If we're lucky and keep working hard at this project it will help us to continue to learn about how we can reverse the biodiversity crisis through smaller green spaces. We would like to thank you in advance for your support - you can make a big difference.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 280 exclusive posts
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Images
34
Links
26
Writings
46
Videos

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