Top image: Preparing for a Mass Mini Beast Hunt:
Eve Mulholland with a local Beaver group, 2018.
Photo credit: Maddi Nicholson

Landscape Working Party

Art Gene’s Landscape Working Party is a friends and volunteer group dedicated to exploring, re-invigorating and enhancing the local green spaces around the islands and bays of Barrow and Furness (voted:The Number 1 Borough in England for the Quality of its Natural Heritage Assets*).

 

 Mountains and Molehills: Slag bank Walk, 2018
Photo credit: Caitlin Daw

Landscape Working Party is funded through the islands and bays of Barrow and Furness Coastal team, by the Coastal Communities fund. Coordinated by Art Gene’s Landscape Engagement Coordinator Eve Mulholland, the project works in the wider areas of Barrow, aiming to link communities with their landscapes and promote health and well-being.

Along with schools, Scout groups, John Muir groups, community groups & organisations, local volunteers and partners, Landscape Working Party deliver a range of activities and workshops to engage people with their local heritage assets. Not only using wildflower workshops, events, walk and talks, bug hunts, practical planting sessions as opportunities to build skills, knowledge and friendships within the community, but to be used as a method to consult communities about the potential regeneration of the town.

Landscape Working Party focuses on working directly with local people to survey un-designated sites around Barrow and Furness, looking at the nature, ecology, history, land uses and futures of these sites. The surveys encourage local people to take a lead on exploring and deeply connecting to the lesser known areas of town that hold great potential, channelling the perspectives of local people into the town’s future, helping to inform local funding bids.

We work with schools to promote out-of-classroom learning and citizen science and volunteers to survey local landscapes around our coastline. To volunteer or to get your group involved please contact eve.mulholland@art-gene.co.uk or call Eve on 01229 825085.

* Royal Society for Arts and Industry – Heritage Index commissioned by The Heritage Lottery, 2016/17

 

Re-wilding Barrow project

Re-wilding Barrow is an art and ecology led long-term scheme running closely in connection with the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space and the Allotment Soup project. Re-wilding Barrow will work with volunteers, communities, schools and Walney Community Growing Space members to grow and propagate local wild flower species to later plant back out into un-designated urban sites around Barrow Borough, creating and extending wildlife habitats, supporting, enhancing and making the urban core more resilient for people and for nature. The growing and planting will be facilitated through a series of arts, horticulture, ecology-based, expert-led workshops, events, walks and talks and creative activities for all age ranges and abilities, helping to form pride of place through raising awareness of our local natural assets; the local, rare Walney Geranium, coastal edibles and more. With a focus on propagating kidney vetch, to help conserve the Small Blue butterfly with partners and expert help.

 

The Big Field Study: Walney Community Growing Space, 2018
Photo credit: Hannah Brackston

We have recently received funding support for a commercial sized 30×30 ft polytunnel on the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space, to be installed in May 2019. This will be the base for the Re-wilding Barrow project, used as an education space for workshops, events and a growing and propagation space for a large number and variety of local wildflower species.

Meeting weekly on Fridays at the Isle of Walney Community Growing Space, Mill Lane, Walney from 11 AM. Get hands on with community gardening, practical maintenance, wildflower planting and conservation, learn new skills, meet new people and prepare the site for the polytunnel.

Contact eve.mulholland@art-gene.co.uk or call 01229 825085 to get you or your group involved. You can also join the Landscape Working Party Facebook page here.

 

With many thanks to our funders for the support:

The Naturesave Trust (funded by the activities of Naturesave Insurance, the UK’s leading ethical insurance provider for individuals, businesses, charities and community groups), Santander and Grow Wild.

Related Projects:

Allotment Soup

The Landscape Working Party often partners up with (and makes use of the land of) Art Gene’s ongoing community growing project:

Allotment Soup: The Isle of Walney Community Growing Space

Visit our Allotment Soup Facebook page here

 

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