Welcoming and enterprising parks and green/blue spaces Webinar series
Webinar 2 – How to develop environmentally and sustainable, income-generating initiatives that will also attract new users and visitors
10 am BST 16th April 2021
Webinar 2 - How to develop environmentally and sustainable, income-generating initiatives that will also attract new users and visitors
Outdoor spaces that run carefully-designed events and initiatives can often the income required to maintain, improve and develop their facilities. In many cases do we also see those attract new visitors and users and help change some of the perceptions of green/blue places amongst some non-users.
Alice McGuigan, Director, Earth Living Festival
Alice was first introduced to Yoga as a way to de-stress from the fast-paced nature of studying in London. She soon discovered that Yoga was an opportunity to re-connect entirely, counter daily habit patterns and open up to new perspectives. She is trained in various forms of Yoga, most recently in Primal Vinyasa, and weaves these layers of evolutionary & functional movement development into her classes. She loves the self-inquiry that Yoga can teach us and shares the practice as a foundation for life, having experienced first-hand how it can help us to reconnect, find steadiness and thrive. In 2019, Alice founded the Earth Living Festival, which bought together holistic practices, creativity and sustainability. ELF is going online in 2021 and exploring ways of growing it into a community organisation.
The word ‘symbiosis’ describes the interaction and collaboration of different groups or organisms. When Alice founded the Earth Living Festival in 2019 it raised the following question: what is the relationship between personal wellbeing and collective care?
The festival, which first took place in a local urban green space in Reading, celebrated the connection between wellbeing, art and nature. It continues to provide an online platform for collaboration within the wider community, offering opportunities local practitioners and holistic support to participants.
Buffy Harris-Jones, Senior Project Officer, The Conservation Volunteers Berkshire.
Buffy has a degree and Masters in Ecology and Conservation. She has worked as a ranger for East Sussex County Council and the National Trust and as a land management advisor for Natural England. Through her work with TCV, she runs an array of projects including conservation, volunteer engagement and community events.
Presentation: Mission Lousehill
Buffy managed the Lousehill Copse Woodland Improvement Project in Reading. This woodland, in the heart of an estate was in a sorry state, but with the tireless work of TCV and volunteer groups, this precious habitat has improved for both people and wildlife. Working closely with partners reading Borough Council and community rewilding organisation, Nature Nurture, the woodland now features a range of improvements and has become a haven for wildlife and a popular place for leisure and outdoor learning.
This webinar will draw upon experiences from people in the UK and across the world, involved with creating community-based outdoor spaces that are welcoming, inclusive and diverse places for long-standing users as well as newcomers.
These innovative webinars are aimed at representatives from conservation charities, parks, social and sports development and other departments at our local authorities, social prescribers, public health, trusts, social enterprises, community groups and health and wellbeing bodies