I am President of an organisation I set up called Black2Nature, which I set up when I was 14 years old and is Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) led. We campaign for equal access to nature for all but concentrate on VME communities who are currently excluded from the countryside. We run nature camps, arrange nature activities, organise race equality in nature conferences and campaign to make the nature conservation and environmental sectors ethnically diverse.
Black2Nature in partnership with Strode Valley Land Project supported by Chew Valley Plants Trees are holding four separate tree planting days, all based at different locations. We are looking for volunteers on Saturday March 27th, Sunday March 28th, Monday March 29th and Tuesday March 30th. Each day will be an individual event.
Chew Valley Plants Trees can be found on the following website:- https://www.chewvalleyplantstrees.co.uk
I have managed to obtain 420 trees from the woodland trust as a tree champion. The saplings have arrived, we need to plant these as soon as possible and have a piece of land set aside for this in the Chew Valley near where I live.
We are holding four 1 day events with bubbles of socially distanced volunteers arriving by car however we can also organise taxis or a minibus.
Volunteers need to be able to spend a day 10am-3pm with a break for lunch where lunch will be provided. Planting trees will benefit both the landscape and also the climate.
We are keen that visible minority ethnic people come to take part and look forward to seeing those who are particularly interested in gardening or being outdoors. However no experience is needed and we are really looking forward to people just coming, trying something different and having a good time. Particularly when living in the city and having no access to outdoors in this lockdown.
The location of each tree planting site will be based in the Chew Valley at four different locations.
The dates the planting days will be held on are Saturday March 27th, Sunday March 28th, Monday March 29th and Tuesday March 30th, please indicate your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday tickets - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tree-planting-day-270321-tickets-138134065709
Her first conference was in 2016, which aimed to increase the ethnic diversity in nature by looking at the barriers to Visual Minority Ethnic (VME) people going out into nature, what can be done to overcome these barriers and how we can create VME role models. Speakers included Bill Oddie, Kerry McCarthy MP, Stephen Moss and Dr Richard Benwell. She also organised a second conference, Race Equality in Nature: The Next Generation 13-30 in October 2019 with Speakers Chris Packham, Bristol Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig, Green Party Councillor Cleo Lake, RSPB CEO Beccy Speight and Survival International CEO Stephen Corry.
She has also set up Black2Nature in 2016 with the aim of working with organisations to increase the access to nature of VME people and is President. Please connect with her on LinkedIn (Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig) so that she can invite you to join the Race Equality in Nature LinkedIn Group and be part of the change.
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Charter Champion for The Charter for Trees, Woods and People
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