[permaculture] The Spiral Forest - Alan Armstrong
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Mon Dec 13 08:15:20 EST 2010
Subject: [permaculture] The Spiral Forest - Alan Armstrong
Jim Channon's First Earth Battalion Manual mentions this book in his section about reforestation.
Here is a reference to what it's about.
3. The Planting Spiral
Desertification is the term invented to describe the desert's encroachment on arable land. It 's effects are most visible in North Africa where the Sahara has moved southeard 100 kilometers in just the past seventeen years. Planting trees to stop the desert is not a new idea, what is new, is designing these plantings to optimize the result. Like all the other projects outlined on this page, The Tree Spiral design for planting the minimal amount of trees that grows to achieve the maximum effect. It not only draws upon classical geometry and botany, but also upon the modern sculptural movement of "earthworks" exemplified by Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, constructed at great Salt Lake. This piece was created and developed by Alan Armstrong of the Tree Brigade. In his efforts to promote the concept, Armstrong was in correspondence with Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in the year before the leader's death. The original spiral planting was designed to originate at the Nile delta and spiral through Egypt, across to Sinai and the Arabian Peninsula, terminating at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba. Armstrong believes that in order to stop desertification, the planting would have to be large enough to be viewed from space.
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