Briefly describe your project
Working inclusively with our community to develop a wildlife corridor in the heart of Stoke.
During the first round, POP members will be asked to advise you. What advice would be most helpful?
Conflict solving, working with people from diverse backgrounds and abilities, environmental skills around water/soil/plant conservation and recycling materials.
Describe what you hope your Collective will achieve
We want to take our gardening project to the next level by learning together about sustainability for people and planet. Using learning and support from Hope in the Heart CIC and Climate Clarity CIC we want to develop our collaborative growing space whereby people know they can come and plant and tend without fear of being criticised, and where we can learn how to be part of the solution to our climate crisis, even in a micro attainable way. We will also be learning how we support a completely open, communal space in ways that don’t demand exclusivity or ownership. Gardeners can be strongly opinionated, like anyone else, so how do we learn to work together and embrace the use of our wild life corridor by the humans that regularly use it. And how can we give nature and wildlife as much of a look in as everyone else?
Describe how your Collective formed
We formed through Inner City Seeds approaching the Village Hub to develop our small courtyard gardening space since July 2021 with the support of volunteers on a drop in basis. We met with Hope in the Heart as a suitably person centred organisation that could help us learn to appreciate and value our own diversity and uniqueness as well as helping us work together better, and with Climate Clarity CIC as the best ever facilitators of Climate Learning that allows us to look at this huge crisis with a lens of what we can do rather than what is beyond us.
Which collaboration “shape” do you expect will best describe your project?
PLATFORM –An organisation, supported by others, that generates opportunities for self-expression by individuals or organisations.
In which areas would you expect most of your grant to be spent?
Core Funding / Time