This was the first photo which documents progress from our first season. It is a photo now etched into our memories because for us it captured a true moment of delight. It may not look like much, just a few humble shoots, but to us, and all the project team it represents a new beginning, the birth of a new meadow, and the culmination of years of work.
(For those who may be new to our story please check out this WWF video update on how we have been using seagrass to fight the climate emergency. This pilot project was launched in January 2019 and we are now in our second season)
Seeing the seagrass seedlings growing so well in July gave the whole team a huge motivational boost for our second summer of seed collection. With the impact of COVID we have had to scale back our operations this year, and like all organisations we’ve had to introduce new physical distancing protocols for our work. The impact of this was keenly felt as we were not able to work with our community on the project in the way we would normally have wished to do so. We hope to be able to reinstate this element of our work as the project continues because it is such a central element of why we have chosen to work the way we do.