This spring has seen the launch of a really exciting partnership – working together with Marsh & Micklefield Big Local I have a new role as a Community Ranger. This will see me working with local residents and community groups to create and deliver projects within the area – joining with people to visibly and innovatively develop green, blue and urban public spaces for the benefit of both the community and nature and to reinforce the sense of local distinctiveness, collective pride and connection to place.
We have been doing some initial consultation work with the community as it is hugely important to us that the work we do is driven by the ideas and passions of the people in the area. We will be looking to run these projects throughout Marsh and Micklefield, both in urban spaces and the beautiful woods and meadows we are so lucky to have in the area.
The projects suggested so far have been diverse: developing spaces for wildflowers and herbs; creating a community orchard; using the local environment as a resource for crafts and as inspiration for art or music. There has been great interest in investigating the area’s heritage – both the human and natural histories and in photographing and filming our local habitats and enabling people to demonstrate what it is that makes this part of Wycombe important and special.
We will be kicking off with sessions at the Micklefield Library garden in April – keep an eye on the website http://www.mandmbiglocal.org/ for further developments!