I am President of an organisation I set up called Black2Nature, which I set up when I was 14 years old and is Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) led. We campaign for equal access to nature for all but concentrate on VME communities who are currently excluded from the countryside. We run nature camps, arrange nature activities, organise race equality in nature conferences and campaign to make the nature conservation and environmental sectors ethnically diverse.
Black2Nature would like to have two tree planting days, along side Chew Valley Plants Trees, for volunteers on Thursday December 3rd and Saturday December 5th.
I have managed to obtain 420 trees from the woodland trust as a tree champion. The saplings have arrived, we need to plant these as soon as possible and have a piece of land set aside for this in the Chew Valley near where I live.
I propose having two 1 day events with bubbles of volunteers/socially distanced volunteers arriving by car however we can also organise taxis or a minibus.
Volunteers need to be able to spend a day 10am-3pm with a break for lunch where lunch will be provided. Planting trees will benefit both the landscape and also the climate.
We are keen that visible minority ethnic people come to take part and look forward to seeing those who are particularly interested in gardening or being outdoors. However no experience is needed and we are really looking forward to people just coming, trying something different and having a good time. Particularly when living in the city and having no access to outdoors in this lockdown.Photograph copyright young birder Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
The dates the planting days will be held on are Thursday 3rd December and Saturday 5th December, please indicate your interest by emailing ayesha.ahmed.mendoza @ hotmail.com
I am really excited about this project and particularly as it is something different.