Grow Wild goes net-walking in Wales

Our Wales engagement manager Maria reports from Cardiff... 

When my good friend Sam Evans of Eden Communities Wales asked if I wanted to be involved in a net-walking event – I jumped at the chance.  This would combine all my favourite things in one day (and I didn’t even know about the fresh cream scones at this point) walking, visiting community groups and talking about wildflowers. And so it came about that I found myself net-walking from Grangetown Pavilion to Insole Court making friends and enjoying nature.

The group gather at The Pavilion Grangetown Pavilion was once a bowls pavilion but has now been turned into a social hub for the local community run by Community Gateway.


The cafe at The Pavilion The day started well with coffee and muffins.

Lynne talking to the group Lynne Thomas is the Project Manager at Cardiff University who is leading on a variety of regeneration projects around Grangetown. Lynne told us about the history of the project explaining that it was the local residents who were the inspiration and driving force behind the project.

Sam speaks to the group Sam Evans from Eden Communities explained the purpose of the Big Walk...

The group walking through the parkThe net-walk began with a lap of the Pavilion grounds.Then onwards through Bute Park, where we chatted about nature and our recollections from childhood.

a squirrel in the park

The group eating lunch Lunch was a grand affair in the drawing room of Insole Court.

Lucy talks to the groupAfter lunch, Lucy from Innovate Trust explained how the Green Days Group will transform this piece of land into a wildflower haven as part of their Grow wild project

One of the group practicing Tai-ChiTo end the day, we did some gentle Tai Chi – the moves were inspired by nature - so very fitting!

If you've been inspired to host your own net-walking event why not share it with us on social media by tagging @GrowWildUK or using the hashtag #GrowWild

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