Have a look at the weekly roll call of visitors to Grow Wilder, and you’ll see that, here, education really is for everyone. At one end of the spectrum are the children who come every week to the My Wild Child and Wildlife Watch sessions, but there’s no upper age limit, or ‘typical’ learner.
Take our ten-month Wild Path Placements, for which we are now recruiting. Part of a broader programme run by The Wildlife Trusts, we will be employing two new trainees this year. The idea is to offer people from diverse backgrounds a chance to enter careers in wildlife and conservation, by offering a work-based training plan and a bursary of £1000 per month, to pay for rent, bills, food or whatever they may need whilst they are in training. While they’re with us they’ll learn everything from leading volunteers to wildlife-friendly food growing; from managing the wildflower nursery to media and communications - and even hedge-laying! The deadline is the 6 June, so if you’re interested don’t hesitate to apply.
Our Grow Leader course offers another exciting route for budding conservationists and food-growers. This highly respected innovative 7-week programme provides excellent training in wildlife-friendly food growing and horticulture, as well as leadership and wellbeing. In other words, it is aiming to provide the leaders we need for our future, as the impacts of the climate and ecological emergencies make themselves felt. Our Grow Leaders have gone on to run environmental consultancies and to work in horticulture, but they’ve also created community projects and become leaders within environmental movements, lobbying those in authority for change. One of our former Grow Leaders said “Every time I came up to Grow Wilder, I felt I grew a little bit. It was amazing to work with experts and learn valuable skills.” This course has paused as a result of the pandemic, but the hope is that it will soon be up and running again.