A new 2-day online festival is set to bring the richness of the natural world to schools and families across London and Kent, thanks to a collaboration between Isle of Wight Biosphere ecologists and artists, one of London’s most popular shopping centres The Glades, and real estate investment managers LaSalle.

Wild Glades has been curated by Island-based Artecology and showcases a raft of brilliant and diverse contributions from nature experts, scientists, artists, and makers drawn from the Isle of Wight Biosphere and beyond.

Over 70 schools across London have been invited to take part and all have been sent a special Wild Glades wildflower seed mix to kickstart their own rewilding in school grounds. Wild Glades invitations, if not the seeds, have also been sent to every Island primary school.

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From tomorrow (Thursday), audiences will be able to head to a specially designed website for a packed timetable; discover about the project, and everyday wildlife up-close with Ian Boyd and whole microscopic worlds with BBC One’s The One Show scientist Marty Jopson, tune in for special urban jungle animations and filming tips with young film-makers, and find all sorts of ways to celebrate nature, get creative and take practical action for wildlife.

The idea for the online festival grew from a green roof design project spear-headed by Arc and Artecology, part of their wider biodiversity strategy programme with LaSalle, and when The Glades team came across Sandown Bay’s Hullabaloo.

Nigel George, Director at Artecology Ltd, said:

“Working on big world issues like biodiversity loss and climate change is no longer only the concern of environmentalists and scientists.

“It’s clear too that the Island is fast becoming a go-to place for all things Biosphere – that mix of nature, people, place – and that our Isle of Wight Biosphere’s ecology and creative industry are increasingly exporting their expertise, perfect timing as the global call is for ‘lighthouse’ examples of best practice.”

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Chris Cory
Chris Cory
1 month ago

Sounds good, but I thought for a moment it might be something that people here on the Island could get involved with. Oh well, another time !

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