Nature Connects Brent is a new project run by the Rangers Programme at London National Park City and kindly supported by Natural England.

The project will run until April 2022 in the London Borough of Brent and will provide a variety of activities and opportunities for residents to explore their local area, discover nature on their doorstep and get stuck in with some community greening and nature workshops.

What sort of activities and workshops will be taking place?
We will be running a range of activities and campaigns including:

  • Stories by Moonlight campaign
    Stories By Moonlight are outdoor bedtime adventures and a growing national campaign celebrating the value of nature connection, family time and the universal tradition of moonlit storytelling.
  • Forest school related campaign and activities
    Led by Forest & Family, part of the project will involve the design and development of a free forest school scheme in Brent, alongside a number of free forest related activities. 
  • Community walks including health and exploration walks, nature walks and plant & animal identification and surveying sessions
    A selection of free, public events will take place at a range of locations across Brent.
  • Community planting days
    Three community planting days will be held in April 2022 to improve local spaces.
  • Community activities at St Raphael's Edible Garden
    Managed by Sufra, a number of community events will take place at St Raphael's Edible Garden to support local residents in connecting with nature.
  • Art and nature walks
    A series of four Artecology walks will take place led by artists Becky Lyon and Rhona Eve Clews. These themed walks will use art practice to connect people with nature.

Who can get involved?
This project is being run with local communities in Brent for all to take part. There is no prior knowledge or experience needed and the sessions are free of charge. There may be a limited number of spaces for some events.

How can I get involved?
See below for details on sessions and how to book. Alternatively, feel free to drop an email through to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Event Date and Time Location Detail Registration
Artecology walk #1 Sunday 19th December 2021: 10.30am-12.30pm  Welsh Harp Open Space

What do fire, rats, oranges, dead logs and eyebaths have to do with winter? Join artists Becky Lyon and Rhona Eve Clews on a playful art-inspired winter walk and find out!

Come wander, wonder and warm-up with us as we explore collective drawing, bodywork, micro-looking, sound mapping, word-making and ritual to connect with nature and the outdoors amidst deep midwinter, tuning into the delights of the season through the Welsh Harp Open Space. This walk is suitable for over 16's. 

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Artecology walk #2 Saturday 23rd January 2022: 10.30am-12.30pm Fryent Country Park

How can bare-branch gazing, deep-listening with birds, panoramic image-making and airy sourdough equip you for the most depressing week of the year?! Find out as you join artists Becky Lyon and Rhona Eve Clews as they host a nourishing ‘fresh start’ walk in Brent’s spacious Fryent Country Park.

Through a playful, experimental art and nature journey through the park we’ll offer simple practises to help you zoom out on the big picture, find new horizons in the new year and see the wood through the (bare) trees. Instead of hunkering down and knuckling through the Winter months we’ll offer creative and nurturing strategies, setting you on a positive course for the months ahead. Bring an open heart and join us for a Winter wander! This walk is suitable for over 16's.

Please register here

 

More events and activties for 2022 will be added here shortly. You can also sign up to our Friends of Rangers newsletter - you'll recieve a newsletter in January which will provide more details on the Nature Connects Brent project as well as other Ranger activities and events taking place across London.

The project supports and feeds into the ongoing nature connection programmes taking place in Brent. This includes Nature Connects Us, a Brent based project increasing nature connection, nature-based time and outdoor play amongst Brent residents for improved health, wellbeing, cohesion and happiness. The project is led and managed by local social enterprise Forest & Family with funding from the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) and support from Brent Parks. Outputs include the creation of a Forest School and Nature Connection centre, enhanced forest school and outdoor learning programmes, Brent’s first outdoor nursery, nature connection park resources and community engagement and events programme.

Nature Connects Brent is a project run in partnership with Forest & Family and Sufra, and is possible due to the generous support of Natural England.

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