Over two visits, the team of ten young people learned about A Rocha UK, Wolf Fields – and what they could do to help. Half of them cleared an overgrown area for an art installation, while the other half created colourful signs to help visitors see the different functions around the site. ‘This really showed their creativity,’ said our Community/Conservation Co-ordinator Abi Forsythe.
Said Community Manager Kailean Khongsai, ‘We hope the proposed art activity will give local people space to engage in creative activity using Wolf Fields as a primary source of inspiration. It will also help them develop new perspectives about their own natural environment’.
The following day, the team campaigned on Hounslow streets to raise funds for A Rocha UK. ‘They spread the word of our humble green patch which continues to provide homes for various species – and fun activities for the community,’ Abi explained.
Run by a charity called The Challenge, National Citizen Service is a three-week intensive programme that provides young people with life skills.
They work on a local level to connect people across all ages – through a variety of youth and community programmes that mixes diverse groups of people.
‘Art and nature can be used as therapy, and nature can encourage art,’ said Abi. ‘Putting the two together creates a powerful experience for both person and planet.’