We are delighted to announce that Sustainable Merton's partnership with the Loving Earth Project has received the backing of Merton Giving through the Merton Giving Coronavirus Fund.
Ellie Smallshaw, our new Loving Earth: A legacy of lockdown Project Coordinator reflects on her first meeting...
At our festive catch up on 14th December I was really touched and inspired by the stories shared by attendees on how COVID-19 has affected their relationship with nature and the environment. The meeting demonstrated how powerful this project is, providing people with a positive outlet to display their feelings about the environment and at the same time learn new creative skills or revive existing ones.
For some, lockdown has heightened the appreciation of our local natural surroundings with one panel displaying many recognisable features such as the River Wandle and a rose to symbolise the rose garden in Morden Hall Park.
For others, community gardening during lockdown and beyond has helped heal the mind and body whilst also providing opportunities to meet new people and improve their local environment. One panel conveys this wonderfully with apple trees, fruit and people sewn on.
The project is open to everyone of all abilities as panels can be made using several techniques from colouring and printing through to sewing and embroidery. The project is running right through until May, so if you are feeling inspired, we would love for you to join us at one of our introductory workshops (dates to be announced). just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can keep you updated.
Projects & Campaigns Coordinator, Sustainable Merton
Find out more about the project HERE.