Projects, reports, policies
BEN Black Environment Network
Works to enable full ethnic participation in the built and natural environment. Wide range of publications and resources on Ethnic Environmental Participation and more to download for free. [project may no longer be active but a very useful reference]
BirdGirlUK & Black2Nature
“A blog by a young birder, birdwatcher, twitcher, naturalist, environmentalist & writer about birds, wildlife, nature, conservation & ringing.” Mya-Rose Craig is a young British Bangladeshi who also created the organisation Black2Nature: ‘Delivering equal access to nature to the hugely under-represented VME demographic’ including organising nature camps.
Black Girls Hike UK
Providing a safe space for Black women to explore the countryside with like minded individuals, with an emphasis on well-being and sisterhood. FB page. Links to media coverage.
Black Nature Narratives podcast
‘Offers black perspectives on issues relating to the natural world and our relationship with nature … celebrate our love of nature and share inspiration from black leaders within conservation, ecology, outdoor education and environmental justice.’ Hosted by Beth Collier of Wild in the City.
Facing Colonization in our Work with the Land & Building our Understanding of Indigenous Perspectives
‘There is growing awareness both in academic literature and in the Environmental Education and nature-based field in general to think more critically about how we relate to nature/the land and, in particular, around what perspectives and stories we leave out.’ Forest Schooled, (Canada), 1 May 2019.
Writing an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Action Plan for your Forest School
“Gets you thinking about what you can be doing in your setting to work towards social justice changes.” Why do we need a policy, what does inequality look like? What should be in a policy & how to write one + templates & useful links. Muddy Puddle Club, 19 June 2020.
Equality, diversity & inclusion action policy, Children of the Forest
Examples of diversity & inclusion policies
Let Nature Feed Your Senses: Sensory-rich visits connecting people to nature & food
An England-wide, Access to Nature flagship project that sought to encourage a life-long love of nature. It provided memorable, sensory-rich encounters with nature, food and farming for people unable to visit the countryside - older people, people with disabilities, those living in the most disadvantaged areas, and schools that are unable to access the countryside.
Natural England Learning Papers 2014
Minority ethnic communities & the natural environment
Learning from two Access to Nature projects seeking to engage people from minority ethnic backgrounds with nature: People & the Dales in Yorkshire and Mosaic working across National Parks in England. Natural England Learning Papers 2013
Walk Tall and Proud in the Trees
Nature Workshops Young Carers project, Cornwall. ‘Investigating the wellbeing impacts of Nature Workshops’ project ‘Walk Tall and Proud in the Trees’ which aimed to improve the self esteem and well being of the young people whose lives are dominated by caring for their sick relatives.’ Part of the Good From Woods Project, c2010.
Wild in the City
‘aim to help facilitate the development of positive relationships in and with nature … We specialise in supporting people who are unfamiliar with spending time in natural settings and those who have an insecure attachment to nature, working with people relationally to help them feel comfortable in green spaces and to see spending time in nature as a healthy lifestyle choice.’ Nature Connectors programme for people of colour in nature.
‘Based in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire, we focus particularly on working with groups of children and young people who have experienced disadvantage in their lives and who would not otherwise have access to spending time in nature – with all the social, emotional and educational benefits that this can bring.’ Specific project for young refugees.