We often forget that we are nature.
Filmed in local nature.
About Us/Our Roots
“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we've lost our connection to ourselves.” - Andy Goldsworthy
Human life in a big city can become busy and all consuming and we can often lose touch with the living world we have around us. From the sparrows on our windowsills, to the racoons on the rooftops, to the heron on the waterside, to the foxes that lurk the streets at night, to the beavers, the deer, the bats and the rabbits, the wild boar in the undergrowth, the squirrels in our parks, to the millions of insects above our heads and below our feet and to the abundance of trees and flora that encompass the city. Wildlife is all around us here in Berlin; it is one of the greenest cities in Europe and is buzzing with one of the highest levels of biodiversity in a city, with over 46 percent being woodland, green spaces or water. A city is an ecosystem in itself and we are all a part of it.
The Berlin Compost is a place where some of the many fragments of nature here in Berlin can be collected together to help keep people in touch with it. There will be news on projects and people that encourage more wildlife in the city, as well as information about nature related local events. Check out the map to find a green space close-by or have a look at our one minute reads for some nature doses on the go. We hope that just by visiting this website you'll feel like you've experienced some immersion in nature already.
The Berlin Compost
The Berlin Compost
The Berlin Compost
David Attenborough said that "No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced". - To learn more about our world is to protect it. And being with nature has a remarkable effect on our wellbeing too - continued research shows that spending time outdoors can significantly lower stress levels and boost our serotonin. So we hope that by finding ways to stay in touch with nature in the city, that the relationship will be mutually beneficial.
Some events this month...
Reconnect with Nature - in Berlin
Sun, Sep 20
Sep 20, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Grunewald, Grunewald, Berlin, Germany
"In my sessions we are going out to be in and with nature. It’s about enjoying ourselves. We will breathe in that fresh forest air and press pause on our busy city lifes. Guided by selected exercises you’ll be able to experience and observe yourself."
Wild bees in the city garden
Sat, Sep 12
Peace of Land
Mon, Aug 24
Urania Berlin e. V.
Aug 24, 12:00 PM – Aug 29, 8:00 PM
Urania Berlin e. V., An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin, Germany
Discover and protect Berlin's natural treasures. The exhibition offers views of the many and often overlooked natural beauties in Berlin. It encourages you to discover the urban wilderness of Berlin with photos by nature photographers.
Late Summer Foraging Edible Weeds & Forest Medicine
Sun, Aug 23
Aug 23, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Strausberg Nord, 15344 Strausberg, Germany
"During this workshop, I will guide you through gathering wild spring edibles and identifying medicinal plants in the forests of Strausberg (Brandenburg). We will discuss the importance of following the seasons, been in touch with nature, eating wild herbs and the impact these have on our health."
Herman De Vries. how green is the grass?
Tue, Aug 18
Georg Kolbe Museum
Aug 18, 11:39 PM – Aug 23, 6:00 PM
Georg Kolbe Museum, Sensburger Allee 25, 14055 Berlin, Germany
An exhibition in cooperation with the Federal Environment Agency. The lifelong artistic engagement of Herman De Vries with nature is poetic and radical. The exhibition combines central works from the past 50 years of the artist, one of the most influential protagonists of environmental art.