The story began 20 years ago when Gayle planted a woodland beside her home in the Pennine mountain range in North West England, turning a disused quarry and former mink farm into a flourishing wildlife haven.
Now, as the landscape has welcomed animals and plant life back, it is fulfilling Gayle's ambition – a "journey of hope" – to have no boundaries between her garden and this restored area, creating a truly wild place.
"When we arrived, I wanted to give this open site a 'sense of place', to connect my relationship with this location to the environment," says Gayle, who also has an MSc in Conservation Science and Ecology from Lancaster University. "The original landscape had been transformed by industrial activity, leaving a wasteland. But since quarrying ended, the site has seen the beginning of a return to nature. A rebirth.
"We began by emulating this transformation and anchoring whatever garden we could create within the landscape, where there was no visible boundary between one and the other. I never really thought we would have a garden as such. We were just 'taming nature'."
As the land is slowly beginning to recover, Gayle sees the journey as perfect for a long-term photography project. "I studied at Chelsea School of Botanical Art for a couple of years, and I always felt [the land] deserved to be documented," she says. "That might be in different journals and on a micro website, but for me it is a split between the science and the creativity. That's where I hoped my photographs could be a little different.
"Our abandoned quarry carries the scars of our industrial past, but steadily the land is being reclaimed by nature. As custodians of an area with a breathtaking mix of history, industry, geology, wildlife and flora, I am keen to record the land's journey, development and biodiversity growth, using photography as a log."