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

  

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