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May 11th, 2005

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06:46 pm - The wilds of Glasgow ...
If a city or large town in Scotland were to be completely abandoned by people (and mammals and insects and other creatures), how long before it would be completely overgrown, with buildings crumbling and roads ruined and forest taking over ?

Poll #491912 Wilderness poll

The greening of Glasgow.

Less than 5 years.
5 to 10 years.
10 to 20 years.
20 to 50 years.
50 to 100 years.
100 to 500 years.
More than 500 years.

(I've been walking around the city quite a bit at lunchtimes; it's amazing how many buildings have plants growing on them, and I'm not talking about mere seedlings here - substantial bushes and occasional trees sprouting from chimneys, gutters, rooftops, ledges and downpipes. It's most obvious on a few derelict buildings around the place, which have greenery sprouting all over, but even well-maintained buildings have something growing in the gutters.
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(7 touches | En garde !)


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Date:May 11th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
You've not finished the post!!! :)
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Date:May 11th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
Ooops ! rwrylsin noticed that too, and I've fixed it now. Got so carried away doing poll things that I forgot to finish my thoughts :-)
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Date:May 11th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
Glasgow's already pretty green, and it gets a lot of rain (as we all know). I think we might be surprised by just how quickly it would be reclaimed by nature.
Date:May 11th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
One of my fantasies when walking to work through central Edinburgh was how fast could I green it if it was just me. I love the plants growing all over everything - the way it doesn't take long for lichen and moss to spring up and create soil.
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Date:May 11th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
I think if you get rid of all the creatures including the insects then the plant life would struggle.
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Date:May 11th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
I thought that. You'll need pollinators and also birds and the like to distribute seeds. Some plant seed can't germinate unless it's travelled through a gut.
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Date:May 14th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
Assuming the only animal you removed was homo sapiens then I'd guess a Scottish town would become partially overgrown very quickly. The climate is conducive to such a fate ( though not quite as much as someplace warmer) and the older buildings are constructed from materials which make colonisation easy. Recent buildings, or at least their outer shells, consist of materials less crumbly and porous than brick and stone and which allow designs with fewer spots where dust etc might collect and be turned into soil.

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