Grow Wild Network Training 2017
The Grow Wild team has been roaming around the UK lately as over the past weeks we’ve been hosting our busy training days.
The free training weekends were held in Bristol, London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestatyn, Cwmbran and Belfast. It was a great opportunity for Grow Wilders to meet up, get to know one another and share ideas. And for the team at Grow Wild it was a brilliant chance to get out of the office and meet some of our incredible volunteers, project leaders and partners.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make the training such a great success, especially our very entertaining and inspiring guest speakers.
There was so much energy at every event. And everyone had so much to share and to say. Here are just a few thoughts of Grow Wilders from all walks of life, who came along:
“The talks were awesome and I made some really good contacts.”
- Alan, Grow Wild volunteer mentor
“Learning about fungi was fascinating and I got a lot of the info I came for.”
- Patrick, Cullybacky Community Group
"I was surprised to learn how many community groups and gardens there are."
- Alison, Friends of Figgate Park
"Just wanted to say thank you for a really useful training day last weekend. As well as making useful contacts, the day has spurred us into action to create an Instagram account.”
- Laura, Inverclyde Pollinator Corridor
And here’s what some members of the Grow Wild team had to say:
“It was lovely to see such enthusiasm and passion for growing in local communities and meeting the people behind the projects”
- Sarah Magee, Grow Wild Marketing Campaigns Executive
“Considering the glorious weather we were delighted that so many people came to our event in Prestayn and didn’t bypass us and head to the beach. We were also delighted so many were old friends with peeps from Artisans, Poppy Trails, Gwledd Bywyd Gwyllt Beddgelert and Digging Deeside. And In Cwmbran there was a great turnout and a fast paced event in a great location (Greenmeadow Community Farm), Sam Evans of Big Lunch gave a particularly good personal account of how she set up her community groups.”
- Maria Golightly, Grow Wild Partnership Manager for Wales
“I really enjoyed hosting the social media surgeries in Cwmbran, Wales. I was able to work with those who attended to find suitable solutions to their real life questions, about how to engage their communities through using social media. The Manchester network were keen to hear about the latest social media tools and there was a real networking buzz in the air as everyone got to know one another.”
- Alice Carder, Grow Wild Content Editor
“In Belfast over 50 people turned up to learn about wildflower id, fungi, wildflower establishment and companion planting. The highlight was everyone getting their hands dirty repotting wildflower, foxglove and ox-eye daisy, seedlings to take home.”
- Stephanie Baine, Grow Wild Partnership Manager for Northern Ireland