Proponents of rewilding in Canada come up against local regulations

The World

It’s officially summer in the Northern Hemisphere and cutting grass can definitely feel like a chore on a long, hot day. For some lawn owners across North America, rewilding is an environmentally friendly alternative to maintaining a well-manicured lawn. While proponents say natural gardens and lawns increase biodiversity and drought resistance, it’s often seen by neighbors as an eyesore, and local regulations forbid it. The World’s host Carol Hills speaks to Nina-Marie Lister, who directs the Ecological Design Lab at Toronto Metropolitan University. Lister recalled her own experience running afoul of local bylaws regulating lawn care.

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