David Attenborough could narrate a NASCAR event and I would find it gripping. The guy has probably one of the most recognizable voices in the natural filmmaking genre and his celebrity status in the UK is solid. In a recent poll, the Brits deemed Attenborough a more trusted source on climate change information than either Prince Charles or Al Gore.
So it comes as no surprise that when 83-year-old requested permission to turn a derelict beer garden pub in the UK into a thriving natural space, the go-ahead was given without much resistance. From the article,
In December, he submitted plans to extend his home into the pub and create a wildlife-friendly outdoor space, complete with an orchard, glasshouse and “bog garden” for marsh plants. Although there were four objections to the proposal, most residents seemed in favour of the project, writing to the council with letters of support.
I’d love to know the reasons for objecting to the installation of an orchard, greenhouse, and bog garden over what’s currently just an eyesore. I think it’s great to see Attenborough adding a bit more green to a “beer garden”. I cant think of quite a few in NYC that would benefit from the same treatment.