National Park City Maker Groups

By working together we can get so much more done and faster too!

National Park City Makers can join up into informal National Park City Maker Groups.

Have you heard of green teams before? Many schools and businesses have them, with like-minded people coming together to encourage recycling, cutting energy usage and doing what they can to make their community more environmentally friendly.  A National Park City Group could be a bit like that, doing things together to make life better by making places greener, healthier and wilder or getting outdoors to enjoy London more.

It may just be your family wanting to brighten your home with more plants on the windowsill, neighbours wishing to work together to make their street more lush and green, colleagues at work keen to have more outdoor and walking meetings, a set of sports clubs based around a playing field, a group of schools wanting to do more outdoor learning, two local Friends of Parks groups who want to sign post a walking  route between the two parks.

Perhaps you are a member of a residents association, a social group, an allotment society, or local volunteering group. Is there another local group that you could join forces with, to work together on a local project? Is there a neglected corner that you could ask your local allotment society to help you out with? Are there empty holes where trees used to be in your streets which you could get together to ask your council to plant up?

Setting up Your Group

If you are thinking about setting up a Group then fill out the Group items on our Get More Involved Form and we will be in touch. Tick "Yes" on the "Create a National Park City Group" question and then fill in the simple questions. [National Park City Group >]

The first steps can be very simple:

  1. Find at least one other person who wants to be in the group
  2. Read the Maker Guide, including the section on p44-45 on How to be a National Park City Maker
  3. Go on a walking meeting together around your neighbourhood / work place / park / school / high street / wherever you are thinking about setting up your group
  4. Use the walk to generate some ideas of what you would like to see more of, could be better or happening more.  Ask What If? What if it was wilder? What if there was more community art? What if you went on more adventures together?
  5. Share your idea(s) with other people in your community and see if anyone is interested in helping out make them a reality. 
  6. Help us Promote (print out and display a poster) and come along to one of our Gathering* events where you can share your ideas and meet with others who are working towards similar goals.

Example Maker Group Ideas & Goals

Here's some examples of what people setting up Groups have told us that they are hoping to do:

  • Clean river and rewild the park
  • Walks/outings twice a month
  • John Muir awards and tidy around us
  • Raise awareness within our office, gather experience and organise events to support action days
  • Visit green places of all sizes in London
  • Get local people talking and involved
  • Engage people with nature more
  • We would like to organise regular community events on our local Green
  • Work with allotment groups and childrens' community groups
  • Everything, encouraging activities outdoors, learning experiences and volunteering, as well as rewilding, etc

  

LET'S MAKE LIFE BETTER!

Do you ever feel that life could be better? We do.

The good news is that while we face challenges, there are lots of things we can do to make life better for ourselves, for others and for wildlife.

That’s why we’ve created 12 Ways to Make Life Better.

Including these 12 Ways in your day-to-day life can make life better for yourself, for other people and for wildlife that we share our city with. Sign-up below to make life better, receive ideas of things to do, and to get a poster.

Be Active * Connect  * Take Notice  * Keep Learning  * Play  * Create  * Give  * Love  * Grow  * Make Space for Nature  * Organise  * Take Action

Join a Quest to Make Life Better

Help make life and where you live greener, healthier and wilder by joining any of our Quests.  

Join a Quest to Make Life Better

 
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It’s 8am and myself and five friends are collecting hot cups of tea from the counter of a greasy spoon. We arrived just as they opened and are proud first customers. Stepping outside the atmosphere is a calm limbo between the night before and day just beginning; party goers stumble home as early workers start lifting shutters and clearing rubbish.

Being about at this time on a Saturday is not totally unfamiliar (all-nighters or work are usually to blame) but this is something new. We’ve been walking since our 5am start on London Bridge, three hours ago. It feels like midday but it’s not. There should be people all over the place but there aren’t. It’s a strange sensation - experiencing well known places in new ways - and one that continues for 21 hours more.

The 24 Hour Walk for Homelessness started as a reaction to the dramatic increase in rough sleeping in London over the past 10 years when a friend suggested we walk for 24 hours around the city to raise money for homeless charities. The idea stuck and having successfully raised £1,800 for Shelter and Crisis we are now building up to our second walk on Saturday the 25th of May.

This time, we are raising money for Praxis Community Projects, an amazing charity based in Bethnal Green which supports migrants at risk. Their services help homeless migrants and migrants at risk of homelessness by providing accommodation, legal services and emotional support. Praxis help migrants regardless of documentation or immigration status, a principle we think is so important having seen from the Windrush scandal exactly how unjust immigration bureaucracy can be.

The 24 Hour Walk is about enjoying London in a way that takes action against homelessness. As we explore, we will be witnesses to the diverse communities, habitats, buildings and spots that make up our homes and hope to better understand the joy of this city and its people and at the same time the injustice of homelessness.

It’s an amazing way to experience the city and (honestly!) a lot of fun. We hope you can join us, even if it’s just for an hour. Why not get in touch and give us a tour of your neighbourhood as we pass through...

Follow us on Twitter (@walk24hrs), Instagram (@24hourwalk) or Facebook to find out where we are on the day and join in!

Obi Sargoni

@obi_sargoni

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