Dr Mark Bryant discusses his research into Islamic community gardens, focusing on two East London case studies: the Wapping Women’s Centre and the Ilford Peace Gardens.
Image of Mughal Garden, Lister Park taken from Art of Integration by Peter Sanders: "It was not the quiet place of meditation that I had imagined, but buzzing with life and children of many ethnic groups playing together"
Mark Bryant is currently Development Officer for the Centre for the Study of Islam, University of Cardiff, where he completed his Masters in 'Muslims in Contemporary Britain'. He responsible for developing Cardiff University’s first Mass Online Open Course, ‘Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges’. With the Islam UK Centre Mark worked on a research project for Botanic Gardens Conservation International 2009-2010 "Islamic Gardens in the UK - dynamics of conservation culture".
Still involved research about biodiversity conservation and ecological sustainability from an Islamic perspective, Mark also works with IFEES/Eco-Islam, an internationally recognised charity organisation articulating Islamic Perspectives on the environment. His environmental work has seen Mark presenting at UN Climate change conferences and working on studying the resilience of Coral Communities to Climate change in the Indian Ocean area.
Mark also serves as the Eco-Consultant for the Children’s Eco Village in Tanzania where he is involved in all areas of developing environmentally sustainable projects for the village and the local community.