Four expert-citizens - a doctor, two artists and an ecologist - share their green skills and knowledge to engage us in imaginative exercises of cultivation and mutual care over three weeks. To conclude the series, ecologist Michael Smythe, delves into the fungal biology of ‘tree pits’ and how marginalised communities might identity and lay claim to public space and cultivate micro-ecologies
Michael Smythe is an artist, urban farmer and creative director of Nomad Projects, an independent arts foundation that develops experimental projects across digital and location-specific spaces. Nomad Projects critically engages with issues surrounding environmental and social equality within the urban landscape. Current projects includes Phytology, an urban physic garden and research institute in Bethnal Green (East London), Urban Mind a global research project investigating the relationship between the landscape and mental health and Mobile Apothecary, a herbal medicine dispensary providing free healthcare to individuals and communities with limited access to accommodation and quality health care.