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On 26th December 2023 we successfully raised £8,739 with 63 supporters in 42 days

We are transforming schools across Lancaster District into hubs that reverse climate change, biodiversity loss and food insecurity.

by Where the Wildings Are! in Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

Where the Wildings Are! (WTWA) transforms schools across Lancaster District into hubs that reverse biodiversity loss, climate change and food insecurity. Using permaculture principles, we work with staff and pupils to redesign school grounds, swapping tarmac and mown grass for tree planting, sensory wildlife gardens and organic food growing.

In the 2 years we’ve been running, WTWA has already given us a taste of the magic that can happen in this space, delivering over 80 outdoor learning sessions, planting 1,400 trees and developing nature-based redesigns for 12 school playgrounds. But we still have a long way to go!

This Crowdfunder will help us set up a network of food growing and nature-based after school and holiday clubs so the whole community can get involved with the beautiful landscapes we are creating. It will also enable us to open our doors to more schools and support them with the capital costs of their landscape redesigns.

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The seeds of WTWA! were sown in late 2020: times were exceptionally tough, with Covid continuing to cause havoc and food insecurity a growing concern for many local families. As part of our 2030 Strategy process, North Lancashire FoodFutures reached out to local schools to find out what support needs they had. A clear message came back: schools were desperate to grow more food and get pupils learning outdoors to promote wellbeing and reduce the risks of infection but they just didn’t have the capacity to be able to do this on their own.

A passionate conversation then ensued between two local headteachers (Linda Pye of Ryelands Primary and Nursery School and Jo Easthope of Overton St Helens Church of England Primary School), an internationally renowned permaculture designer (Jennifer Lauruol of Carpe Diem Gardens) and the idea of using permaculture principles to redesign school grounds for food growing, wildlife and outdoor learning was born!

We recruited Alex Hall as project coordinator in July 2021 and started working with our first six schools in September. To date, we’ve been able to work with 14 schools thanks to a combination of funding from the schools themselves and generous local funders such as the Areti Trust, Harmony with Nature and Pots of Possibility. However, as word about the project spreads and enthusiasm for hands-on sustainability education develops through local initiatives like the Morecambe Bay Curriculum, we want to offer this work to more schools, including those who could otherwise not afford to participate in the project. We also need to start running activities after school and in the holidays to ensure that each school community gets the all-round support it needs for its new landscapes to succeed. This Crowdfunder will enable us to take on a second staff member to make this happen!

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

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Transform your garden WTWA! style

The first 15 people to donate £50 will be invited to a 2 hour ‘transform your garden WTWA! style’ workshop in Lancaster next spring. This will teach you some of the tips and tricks that we use to create beautiful, low maintenance gardens for food growing and wildlife so that you can apply these principles to your own gardens.

£150 or more

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1 week exclusive access to our garden designer!

Get exclusive access to our garden designer Beccy Whittle for a whole week of your choice so you can ask her any questions you have about gardening and get answers that are personalised to your space. We’ll connect you to Beccy using an app called Voxer where you can share voice messages, photos and video of your space and get Beccy’s feedback throughout the day - this is the perfect way to get detailed help with your garden!

£1,500 or more

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Get your logo displayed on our promo materials

In return for your generous support, we will display your organisation's logo on WTWA! promotional material

£5,000 or more

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Transform your organisation with permaculture

Learn to use the permaculture design principles to help your organisation become a happier, healthier and more productive place to work for people and planet. For a £5k donation to our project, we will create a bespoke, one day workshop that's tailored to your organisation's needs. So whether you're wanting to transform your outdoor space, boost your employees' wellbeing or rethink your strategy in response to climate crisis, we can help!

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