I have been working in the field of culture, biodiversity and science communication with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew through much of 2013. The project (Grow Wild) aims to make a major shift on how people engage with biodiversity where they live. Progress in Scotland has been encouraging with the creation of a flagship project through public voting which will act as a pathfinder for the UK. The Waterworks project will transform an old sewage farm into biodiversity tanks and a community resource.
A new community projects grants programme has also been set up to fund new ideas for working with native species of plants at local level, along with Young Grow Wild for youth workers and their cohorts.
We clearly identified a need for more initiatives at the interface of young people, community and biodiversity. Better join up between sectors, some engaging science, and creative opportunity could go a long way in reversing the increasing gap between people’s lives and the natural world.
The Waterworks pathfinder project: http://gss.cmph.org/o/GPSHTM_LIgy4J7a–cstWg) / The Community Projects strand: http://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/grow-wild-funding-will-help-communities-bloom.aspx / The Young Grow Wild Programme: http://www.youthscotland.org.uk/projects/growwild/growwild.htm
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