Welcome to the VINE website

It is inconceivable to me that an ethical relation to land can exist without love, respect, and admiration for land, and a high regard for its value.’

Aldo Leopold (1949)


Our Vision

For anyone involved in nature conservation, a love of the natural environment is almost an unacknowledged qualification. We take it so much for granted that we often forget to speak about it, and this silence can become inhibiting. It is not always easy to break through these hidden barriers and talk about feelings when the scientific realities are so much safer and easier to quantify. VINE was created as a way of opening up that discussion and reminding ourselves why we cared enough to become involved in the first place. We want to discover our true values, define the things that have inspired us, and find ways of sharing those thoughts with others. Through this, we hope to help develop a philosophy that will provide an ethical basis for the decisions we make about conservation issues in the UK.

Sometimes we hide behind the anonymity of scientific jargon because we have no words for our own emotions. Consequently, we will be looking at ways in which art and literature can convey these universal feelings. While our inspirations may be timeless, our vision is very much for the future. VINE will be constantly evolving, exploring current global thinking, to develop a dynamic strategy for conservation management that will not lose sight of our underlying principles. Our project brief can be viewed here.

‘ O if we but knew what we do
When we delve or hew –
Hack and rack the growing green!’

Binsey Poplars Felled 1879
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889)
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Joining VINE

VINE is an initiative arising from members of the Forum for the Application of Conservation Techniques. If you work in nature conservation or a closely related field and would like to become a member please contact us.  Membership, which is free, means that you will recieve electronic information about our events, plus related events and news, and gives you the opportunity to feed into VINE's work.
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The VINE logo

Our logo has several layers of meaning. The initial idea was prompted by the Jungian concept of the axes of the healthy human psyche: thinking versus feeling and intuition versus sensing. The circle with a cross is a very powerful and ancient symbol representing, amongst other things, the four elements and the four seasons; it is also a famous symbol for healing. In our logo, the green globe can also be interpreted as the Earth, and the four axes a continuous thread representing the unity behind our different understandings of the natural world. The logo was designed by darkHouse Multimedia.
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