Nature's Way: Exploring how to empower communities to set up projects that helps connect people with nature for health and wellbeing.
Nature’s Way is a UKRI funded 18-month research project. It aims to use design as an action research method to co-create ways of accessing and sharing otherwise disconnected or not-readily-available knowledge, resources, and best practice of innovating Nature-based Solutions (actions that mutual benefit society and the environment) for health and wellbeing.
The ultimate goal is to empower communities, organisations, and individuals to innovate, develop and engage in nature-based activities for public health, health and social care following COVID-19 and deeper connectedness to the nature that surrounds us.
After a turbulent few years, the importance of projects like these has never felt more vital in supporting societal resilience and helping restore the nature that surrounds us.
A series of short documentary film made by the Nature's Way team showcasing some of the amazing nature-based community projects that have contributed to our research.
What are our goals?
To inspire – Using maps, narratives and case-studies to inspire new individuals, groups or organisations to turn ideas into reality. To recognise the variety of different projects or activities that can strengthen community resilience and to plant seeds of motivation.
To inform – Helping people to navigate the complexities of the system in order to understand the best communication routes, directing people to reliable and practical resources, and providing bite size information and top tips from local experts who are running or volunteering in nature-based community projects.
To celebrate – By shining a spotlight on those communities and individuals who are already doing this- the creative ways they have overcome obstacles that may arise and the impact they are having on society and the environment.
Shining a spotlight on the amazing nature-based, community projects in and around Walsall!
Understanding the challenges and opportunities faced by communities when they start, build and maintain NbS projects