Wild London Inclusive London

The Wild London Inclusive London project worked with a range of communities historically under-represented in the conservation sector.

Based around the built-up areas of Camden, Hackney and Southwark, the project engaged people in the improvement of their local green spaces and supported volunteers to develop their conservation skills.

London Wildlife Trust established partnerships with 17 community groups reflecting the disadvantage and diversity of these boroughs, including people from ethnic minorities, disabled people, groups of elderly people and social housing residents associations.

There is a growing recognition of the benefits of accessing nature and green space for people. Green spaces provide an ideal public space where people can interact with nature in order to improve their mental and physical health, reduce social isolation and contribute to the regeneration of their communities.

London Wildlife Trust Project Officers coordinated a programme of environmental activities that empowered people that traditionally face barriers to accessing good quality green spaces.

Activities that promote the involvement and enjoyment of these groups include inspiring wildlife talks and guided walks, practical workshops such as bird-box building and wildlife-friendly planting sessions and other enhancements to improve the biodiversity around their homes.

Wild London Inclusive London supported and mentoried 36 Wild London Champions, local volunteers who are inspiring their communities to enjoy and take care of the natural world on their doorsteps. Following a programme of environmental training and capacity building, including writing management plans, these Wild London Champions are now equiped to lead activities and events that improve their green spaces for people and wildlife.

Wild London Inclusive London supports London Wildlife Trust's outreach work in Hackney, Southwark, Camden and their surrounding areas, and is part of the Trust's commitment in ensuring all Londoners can enjoy the benefits of accessing nature in the capital.