Schedule of Work
Negotiating with UK Councils/Government Organisations makes it hard to stick to guaranteed time frames (so much can end up out of my hands time wise) but from the last year of R&D behind me & new relationships with politically experienced individuals (highly aware of the political landscape) I am able to NOW make far more accurate & informed decisions, leading to the following outlined schedule of work...
Jan. '20 - Spring '20
Register as a charity: Urban Pocket Wildscaping
(Establishing as an official charity is essential because of corporation and land taxes that would otherwise tax a large amount of funding raised to buy the land and rewild it.)
Gain approval (with the help of Clean Up Britain) to purchase the first green grass patches to rewild in Leamington Spa through the ATTACHED PROPOSAL being included in Clean Up Britain's own local campaigns.
The Next Steps...
1. Knock on doors in Leamington Spa (immediately where the first patches are to be rewilded and then expanding outwards) to connect personally with the local community, advise them of my idea and ask them to take ownership of the rewilding scheme along with me.
It's very important that every local community commits and approves of the rewilding of their local neighbourhood otherwise councils can deny the purchase of the land. It's also very important to respect and value the lives, space and time of the local residents and make sure that they are aware of the full benefits of rewilding their local neighbourhoods and to answer (and hopefully put to rest) any concerns that they might have.
All local residents will be asked to sign a 'Local Open Letter' confirming their approval of the regeneration of their area which will be submitted to councils alongside the NATIONAL OPEN LETTER, the land purchase application and statements backing me from Ecologists, Environmental Scientists, Urban Planners and Wildlife Experts.
2. Purchase the land (and take physical ownership of it).
3. Invite Ecologists to the patches to decide how best to rewild the specific spaces. PLEASE SEE THE ECO PLAN.
4. Invite rewilding expert Alex Greaves to rewild each patch with local volunteers. [Film the whole process from start - finish to create a 'How To' series for anyone who would like to rewild their own spaces.]
5. AS we are rewilding we will be running a simultaneous litter campaign with Clean Up Britain ensuring that the spaces and local area will be free of as many hazards as possible for local wildlife to thrive there.
6. Organise public liability insurance and MONETISE THE REWILDED POCKETS to create self sustaining income to aid litter prevention and the very minimal annual maintenance of the Pockets.
(Excess funds generated will be re-invested to purchase more land for rewilding.)
Spring. '20 - Onwards
FIRST PATCHES REWILDED & A PRECEDENT HAS BEEN SET
Now it's just about copying the above 6 steps over-and-over on EVERY new nominated area.
#Equality #Unity #Togetherness
As more spaces are rewilded and Urban Pocket Wild-Scaping becomes commonly accepted, I'll be looking to build on experience and momentum and start to rewild multiple areas simultaneously...
EG. As 1 area (Area X) is nominated, I begin by knocking on doors in that area, reaching out to the local community and working WITH them. Then I submit the land purchase application to the local council and wait for between 3 - 6 months for their approval and to take physical ownership of the land.
WHILE I'm waiting I can begin knocking on doors (Step 1) in the next nominated area (Area Y) following the same protocol. Ideally, having gained local approval and submitted the land purchase application here, the previous land application for Area X will have completed and I can begin rewilding/regenerating the area before taking ownership of Area Y.
And so on/so forth...
As Urban Pocket Wild-Scaping grows, information/advice gained from experience will be made freely & publicly available for anyone who wants to rewild their gardens/land too.
I am very excited about this wonderful opportunity to MASSIVELY REWILD UK URBAN SPACES (our cities & towns) and simultaneously educate 1000s of urban communities on integrating with wildlife and reconnecting to nature, in a very practical & immediate way: a win-win for all, grounded in respect, kindness and equality..
Mission Milly began because I made an IMPORTANT PROMISE to build a home for 8 disabled youngsters in Swaziland. That is still a promise I am going to keep.
Through the growing community surrounding Mission Milly, I hope to have gained the final pieces of necessary experience, connections & specific sponsorship (having proven myself) to build the home by January 2021: a haven of peace for both 8 disabled youngsters but also local wildlife, utilising what I have learned about the healing effects of nature to best benefit the youngsters who inspired this whole movement of #Respect #Equality and #AFairChance for me.