Nature Connectors

Chibuzo blackberry.Chibuzo7Croydon is one of London’s greenest boroughs and we have amazing parks and woodlands all around us. How often do we get out into them? Why is it that people from BAME communities traditionally access them less than other communities?

Wild in the City! is partnering with Croydon BME Forum to run Nature Connectors to explore these questions and get more people into nature.

We’ll be providing a free programme of training to BAME volunteers who sign up to be Nature Connectors. Teaching woodland skills, exploring local green spaces and with plenty of campfire conversation, the course is designed to help people pass on what they’ve discovered, or rediscovered to friends, families and members of their communities. We’ll explore barriers to accessing nature, and enable volunteers to gain the confidence to guide others.

We’ll introduce people who are new to spending time in nature to the outdoors and reconnect those with previous experiences from childhood or their pre-London lives!

conversationToo often people think that cities and the natural world are completely separate. But London is a green city, and Croydon is very green! We’ll give volunteers the tools to be able to engage people in the ways and wildlife of green spaces. Our training will focus on leading walks, befriending and nature awareness.

The training sessions will be delivered in parks and woods, entirely outdoors, running in a weekly series of 6 day sessions, with 10 people in each volunteer cohort.

 

With our partners at Croydon BME Forum, we are funded by the London Borough of Croydon to provide this free training for 90 people from BAME communities in Croydon over the next three years.

IMG_20170929_1247114The course starts Friday 22 September 2017, running for 6 weeks. More courses in Spring 2018, dates to be confirmed.

If you’re interested and would like more details email jenni@wildinthecity.org.uk or call Beth on 07906832952

 

 

 

Watch: Getting confident, getting out there!

Listen: Colourful radio interview: Nature Connectors: Black experiences of connection to nature

 

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