You can scroll down the page to see examples of Earth Stories we have already posted
Please download and complete you proposal form.
Please Note: After some community requests, we are extending the deadline for return of the grant form until March 12th 2021 @1700, and the return of stories until May 4th 2021 @1700. We hope this helps more communities to participate.
The things our parks and green spaces offer us have never been more important than they are now. The Covid 19 pandemic has meant we can’t do all the things we would normally do – visit our friends and family in their homes, go to the gym, go to school and play and learn with whoever we want to, go watch a film, see our colleagues in the office and so much more. The one thing that we have consistently been able to do since March 2020 has been to visit our parks and green spaces. They have become our classrooms and offices, our gyms, our meet up place for friends and family, entertainment spaces (when appropriate) – they have helped to keep our mind and bodies healthy.
In return for nature always being there for us and never closing, we need to look after our parks and green space not just for us now, but for future generations. Birmingham City Council Parks Service, green groups and volunteers have a huge job to make sure these spaces are well looked after and not only survive but also thrive and are welcoming to anyone who wants to use them. We have 591 public open green spaces throughout the City, and all of them need to be nurtured, supported, respected and made accessible to all those that need them.
As part of our Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Accelerator programme (https://naturallybirmingham.org/ ), we want the residents of Birmingham to tell us what their hopes and dreams are for these green spaces of the City so we can make sure they meet the needs of our diverse population. We want to hear people’s stories – and importantly, we want to hear from a diverse group of people who live and/ or work Birmingham. We would like to gather 500 stories from across our population.
We are therefore putting forward an opportunity for community groups and organisations to help us reach this ambition. We want to target those groups we often struggle to hear from about parks and green spaces. These include:
- Particular ethnic groups (from Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Arab, Chinese, Eastern European (including Polish community and Roma Gypsy communities), Black African – Caribbean descent)
- The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) community
- Young people (under the age of 16)
- People with disabilities (mental and physical)
- Faith groups (Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist)
How will your project be implemented?
We will pay an organisation or community group £500 for gathering stories from 25 people who fit these particular groups. You must have a group bank account to receive payment.
Stories can come in various forms – they could be written as a blog, recorded as a video, written as a poem, drawn as a picture, written as a post on social media. They could also be recorded as a group conversation between residents in native languages (but will need to be translated into English – this does not need to be written into English but could be a verbal translation recorded on video). We are open to various methods of communication.
We will also require the organisation to help us collect key demographic data from residents who take part to ensure we are reaching a diverse population. The questions to collect this data will be provided by us so that we can collate all data collected through this engagement process.
You can find the stories we have gather so far below. Some are videos some are blogs, there are also pictures and poems. Thank you to everyone who has shared their Earth Story with us so far to encourage more people to engage with us.