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Urban Wild Places

...We Can Grow - it's a YES until we are told NO!

We Can Grow is all about getting outdoors, working with your communities to create growing spaces on housing estates and making more of Islington green!

We Can Grow is a continuation of the Urban Wild Places project, but with lots of new activities too, find out more about all of the different projects We Can Grow will be running on the over the coming years on our projects pages, there's something for everyone to get involved in! 

 

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Why is this important?

More and more research is now available about how good being outdoors, and particularly getting involved in the garden is for both physical and metal health and wellbeing.  We want to help you bring the outdoors to your doorstep, particularly on housing estates, by getting your community together to create growing spaces you can all cherish!

We Can Grow presents an opportunity to celebrate the heritage of Islington’s residents through gardening and food growing culture. As a culturally diverse borough Islington contains many BAME communities including those from Irish, African, Caribbean, Chinese Bangladeshi and Eastern European origins.  With rich food growing traditions and strong traditions of exchange linked to growing, the project provides a a great opportunity to learn more about the cultures around us- through food!  

  

Timetable of events

August 9, 2018 - Environmental Summer School Session 3

Join us to learn about Your Food, Your World, Your Future at this year's Environmental Summer School!

This week's session will include:

  • Seed to plate - create a food growing garden and make a scarecrow
  • Cook and eat
  • Build a wildlife habitat
  • Nature art in the park

These sessions run from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm, are FREE, and are deisgned for 5-11 year olds, but there will be opportunities for younger and older children to get involved too! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register your place here.

For more info contact Franie on 020 7263 7095 or franie@octopuscommunities.org.uk

August 16, 2018 - Environmental Summer School Session 4

This year's theme is Your Food, Your World, Your Future!

This week's session includes:

  • Save the world - recycle more
  • Bugs, bugs, bugs and snail racing
  • Learn about bees and pollinators
  • Nature art in the park

These sessions run from 10.30 am - 12.30pm, are FREE, and are deisgned for 5-11 year olds, but there will be opportunities for younger and older children to get involved too! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register your place here.

For more info contact Franie on 020 7263 7095 or franie@octopuscommunities.org.uk

August 23, 2018 - Environmental Summer School Session 5

Don't miss out on the final session of the summer!

This week will include:

  • Where am I from? Vegetable mapping and food diaries
  • Seed to plate - cook and eat
  • Woodland tree walk
  • Wildflower seed bombs
  • Nature art in the park

These sessions run from 10.30 am - 12.30pm, are FREE, and are deisgned for 5-11 year olds, but there will be opportunities for younger and older children to get involved too! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register your place here.

For more info contact Franie on 020 7263 7095 or franie@octopuscommunities.org.uk