DSP Online

is creating a rewilding park for environmental art.

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-Exclusive access to our photo-tips, videos and articles sharing our latest learnings, discoveries, stories and wellbeing moments.
-You receive the official DSP membership kit in the post.
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-You also get bonus behind the scenes photos and written and audio materials about our new experiments, latest art and new discoveries.
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-Exclusive access to our photo-tips, videos and articles and podcasts sharing our latest learnings, discoveries, stories and wellbeing moments.
-You receive the official DSP membership kit in the post.
-You also get bonus behind the scenes photos and written and audio materials about our new experiments, latest art and new discoveries.

-You get access to exclusive podcasts and can join our monthly Q&A.
-You receive seeds from key plants in the wilded Capability Brown gardens in the post.

About

Devon Sculpture Park (DSP) is the world's first rewilding park for environmental art. We are a place and community building natural habitats for wildlife, environmentally sound living and stunning environmental art.

By becoming a member of DSP Online you'll get exclusive access to valuable perks including, our practical photo-tips on rewilding, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with environmental experts and artists. You can join our online chats and receive useful, beautiful gifts by post. Plus, you'll gain the satisfaction of knowing you're helping save the planet a little every day!

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

A place that could support and be supported by a thriving, active community of artists, the environmentally conscious, garden and nature enthusiasts and those who just fall in love with what we are trying to do.


The two of us, Kara and Philip Letts, have spent 7 years creating this place in southwest England on a run down old English estate with historic gardens and over a hundred acres of parkland and woods. Last year we opened the door to Devon Sculpture Park (DSP) and started welcoming visitors to our day visits, tours, workshops and retreats. We noticed that our visitors were genuinely fascinated by the place and what we have achieved. Most of them asked us if we would write books about it, or make a documentary, TV series or podcasts! We decided 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, the research and the learnings.

By supporting DSP Online you can help us all to learn about future living. After all, while governments and industries around us continue to screw with our planet we as individuals will have to act. Hand in hand with environmental activism to encourage institutional changes and protections we can each take personal actions to improve our own environmental footprints. Our gardens, parks and commons will have to be rewilded. We need to learn to live and eat differently. Artists can be supported to make environmental art with sustainable, organic methods. Their art in turn can bring attention to environmental issues and solutions.

It is through your support that we can continue this vital project. The more supporters we get, the more of a difference we can make. We have tried to give most of our content and info to the most cost effective tiers. The higher tiers get more physical gifts and get more involved in the project and this special place - no matter where you live. We hope you can support us today.

Our story so far

DSP 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 any and every person to use to make a positive effect on our natural world.

When we imagine rewilding we normally think about massive national park projects like Yellowstone Park noted for reintroducing the wolf, or large private projects i. e. Ted Turner buying up ranches in Montana and reintroducing bison. But 15 years ago hidden away on the east coast of the U.S. We began to practice a very different kind of rewilding.

We had a unique vision. We believed that the planet was in such poor shape that everyone would need to get involved in saving it. A people's movement - not one driven solely by governments, large landowners or big corporates. In the early 2000's we experimented by rewilding a few acres outside New York.

A mix of trees was planted around the property, lawns were allowed to grow out with wild grasses, "weeds" and flowers, a kind of scrubland was developed with bushes and other native plants. In a few years a small wild, rough habitat 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 began a small wilded kitchen garden, sharing its produce with nature's visitors. Our young children played differently and friends were more relaxed and liberated while visiting. Something interesting was happening. Artists we knew asked to participate and help develop the project and soon they were displaying some of the artistic outputs in this wild place.

Move forward to today and we (Kara and Philip) have scaled the idea up. The climate industry has named what we do as 'smaller-scale rewilding' which means rewilding projects from garden scale up to 250 acres. In 2014 we bought an old estate just south of 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) - a wildlife haven and creative retreat. In our 7th year we have already seen the project fundamentally alter the area's bio-diversity, wildlife diversity and natural plant growth. Water voles have returned to wetlands and we have had a number of previously unimagined wins with sightings of rare birds, butterflies, bats and mammals returning to the place.

We are using our successes 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 here.

Today we can all 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. This myth has been well and truly debunked.

Why we need your support?
We need your support to pay for the team, the maintenance of the place, the content we produce, the wildlife habitats, the conservation grazers and the research and art programme. Please give as generously as you can. If we're lucky and keep working hard at this project it might help us all learn how to save the planet. 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 21 exclusive posts
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Videos

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