The Colour in the Margins project is working with farmers to save plants and animals threatened with extinction in our arable environments. It’s run by Back from the Brink, a group of conservation organisations dedicated to save some of England’s most threatened species.
With Back from the Brink, I’ve developed a community arts project which offers an opportunity for locals to get creative and learn more about some of these species: I will be running a drop-in creative day in February, at Scarbrough Library (details here).
I grew up in Yorkshire, and the landscapes, plants and animals there are really close to my heart. Inspired a residency in December 2018, spent exploring the arable landscapes around Scarborough and beyond, I have written a set of four poems which will be gifted to everyone who comes along to the event. The most exciting part, though, is that they will be able to add their own writing to the booklet – the thing I’m most looking forward to is hearing people’s memories and experiences of their local landscapes. With awareness of threatened species and environmental destruction increasing, finding new ways to connect with the ecosystems around us is more important than ever, and art is a great way to do it: it can help us to find new ways of looking at the world so we can better take care of it.
The booklet will be publish on the Back from the Brink website – watch this space…