Nature and Climate Revitalisation in Southampton: Join Us in Making a Difference!

At Southampton National Park City, we are thrilled to be a partner in the Youth Climate and Nature (YouCAN) scheme led by the New Forest National Park Authority and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. This three year project encourages community action locally to tackle the ongoing crises relating to nature and climate. We are pleased that this will give us the the opportunity to push forward in supporting five exciting streams of work across Southampton:

 

Itchen Biodiversity

Supporting the biodiversity of the River Itchen through community action. This strand of activity focuses on making the most of opportunities to protect and enhance the biodiversity, ecology and recreational potential of the river, with particular focus on the areas around Riverside Park. Working closely with a range of partner organisations and community members, we will be exploring and reimagining the full potential of the Itchen.

Access to the New Forest

Improving access to the wild open green spaces of the New Forest. Specifically, we are looking to support active and explorational excursions for those who otherwise face barriers to accessing the national park, looking to work with local voluntary organisations and those who use their services. Within this project we will be promoting sustainable transport options throughout, promoting active travel and the benefits to health, wellbeing and air quality.

Garden of Sanctuary

Creating a communal nature-based place to support asylum seekers and refugees form a sense of belonging within the community. This strand dovetails with Southampton being given the honorary title of City of Sanctuary in 2017.

Green Grid

Working to support city-wide nonhuman life, particularly towards the survival of endangered species such as hedgehogs, butterflies, bees and frogs. Supporting Southampton City Council in their plans to establish a Green Grid across the city, creating networks, links and corridors in which species can flourish. 

Youth Climate Outreach

Empowering young people across Southampton to learn about and create climate impact projects of their own. Supporting them to build connectivity with the earth through engaging in activities such as growing food, composting, harvesting rainwater, etc. 

 

These brief summaries encapsulate some of our focuses for the next three years. Through our commitment to community-led approaches, we are working iteratively with these streams as they emerge. As such we will be reliant on the input of various local groups and community members to help steer the direction of these projects, and very much welcome any interested people to get in touch with us to feed into their actualisation, as well as Southampton’s journey towards becoming a bona fide National Park City!