What we do
We use land-based activities and the metaphors of ecological and cosmic processes to support building community between each other and the natural world. We primarily work with local young people, businesses and families in King's Cross as well as at our campsite in Wiltshire. We combine activities such as supporting bees, carpentry, urban food growing, cooking, and eating together with dialogue, story, creative writing, silence and stillness. These practices help us to create the conditions for people to come together in a fuller and more connected sense of who they are and what they are a part of and from that space, to support them to practically contribute to ecological and social change.
We have developed a methodology based around the three territories of 'I, We and the Planet' which is present in all the work that we do. This approach provides space for people to increase awareness of self, to connect to each other and to connect to the natural world. Whilst our activities are practical and hands on, bringing raw nature, elemental forces and a sense of adventure to the city, the work is grounded in values and widening of perspective to help establish a fertile foundation for growing a less consumerist and a more creative future.
Our sites provoke curiosity. They are sustainable and creative, giving individuals the opportunity to step beyond the familiar ‘business as usual’ world, encouraging them to join together with others to grow a new story in which the seemingly impossible is continuously in a process of becoming possible.
Our city base is the Skip Garden, a moveable urban food growing garden in the middle of the King's Cross development site. Amongst the rise of glass and steel buildings, it is an urban oasis in which herbs, chillies, apples, sweet potatoes and cabbages grow out of skips and planters made out of scaffold boards and other reclaimed materials. In King's Cross, we also create gardens on rooftops and restaurant terraces.
Our country home is in the middle of Pertwood Organic Farm in Wiltshire, where inner city young people and office workers get to experience the simplicity of living off the land and the canopy of stars at night.