Spending time in the great outdoors is an ideal way to bring people together, with communities across the country finding connection and support through projects taking place in local green spaces. Join this session to hear from a few inspiring green projects – including Becca Clarke and Hannah Garcia from eco-friendly social enterprise Green Squirrel, and Eugenie Aroutcheff from Grow 73, a charity bringing communities together food growing and regeneration.
Eugenie is a French national who came to study in Scotland 28 years ago and has made her home in Glasgow. Six years ago she co-founded the charity Grow 73 with the aim to bring the community together through food growing, events, art regeneration projects and caring for our biodiversity. They now have a large asset transfer of three disused bowling greens, have adopted the local train station, work with several primary schools and have created a Bee Line which is 6.2km long and growing! their work is about partnership and creating links with the community and neighbouring ones, they have also just been chosen to be part of the Incredible Edible Book Seeds of Change.
Hannah is a director at Green Squirrel, a Cardiff non-profit offering a helping hand to anyone who wants to do something about the climate and nature emergency. With a background in city farming and community growing, she believes that communities hold the key to building low carbon futures, and she works to find creative ways for everyone to take action. Hannah spends her spare time messing around with chickens, pickling things, and learning Welsh very, very slowly.
Helen Fairest, The Bramblewood Project
Helen Fairest and Sam Owen are two mums in Worcester, who met in the playground at school pick up. Sam is a nurse at Worcester Royal Infirmary and Helen a forest school leader, and once a Speech and Language Therapist.
Spurred on by their children to find somewhere local where families can go and learn about, and play together in, nature, Helen and Sam set about finding a suitable spot to create a Forest School. They set up a CIC and took the plunge into a 1.2 acre thicket of, almost city-centre, bramble. There they found a hazel wood, and the growing heart of a village, now fondly known as Bramblewood.
Stories from the Stage is your opportunity to hear from brilliant projects and inspirational individuals making positive things happen where they live.