Inner-city communities face so many social hurdles, with the youth being targeted by the police and high percentages of homes having no garden or other outdoor space, particularly amongst ethnic minorities. Black people in England are nearly four times as likely as white people to have no outdoor space, like a garden, at home. Sadly, I’ve also realised that a very small percentage of the black community experience going out in nature. For most of them, going outdoors can mean travelling over two miles away from their home, so I felt this project was important for those that have lost touch with the outdoors and didn’t know where to start in terms of re-connecting with it.
Obviously, we are open and welcoming to people from all walks of life, but we acknowledge that the black community have less access to green spaces in the inner-city suburban areas, and we want to change that narrative with WGOT. We want to make the countryside more inclusive by making it more accessible to those who are unable to afford to do these recreational activities. We’re wanting to offer a variety of wellness workshops for our community, mentorship programs, and outdoor activities with the view of sharing new experiences and adventures and making that the norm within our community.