Community Rewilding Days

Embercombe is pleased to announce a new Lottery-funded community rewilding project that will start at the beginning of July, aimed to reconnect isolated individuals and rural families to our beautiful 50 acres of land and help alleviate the strain the pandemic has placed on our community’s mental health, incomes and relationships.

This project will create new opportunities to be outdoors and connect with our various nature spaces such as our woodlands and meadows, and take part in positive, social, regenerative activities that will give a renewed sense of purpose and wellbeing to the community. This year-long project is aimed at building connections, providing opportunities to get out the house, be outdoors in the fresh air with others, connect with like-minded people and learn practical skills that may inspire new hobbies such as gardening/planting/wildlife-spotting. It also aims to help further protect and rewild local land in the Devon area as part of Embercombe’s rewilding efforts, and help to re-establish healthy, naturally functioning ecosystems to reduce carbon dioxide, improve biodiversity and support wildlife.

The project will include a series of Community Rewilding Days as well as various weekday sessions to learn skills in biodiversity/wildlife surveying with local conservation specialists; tree and plant identification and plant, insect and mammal surveys as well as practical land-based and rewilding skills such as planting, coppicing, hedge-laying, fencing and animal care. At the end of the project we will celebrate our achievements with friends and wider community through a Celebration Day including guided walks of the land and a community feast.

 

The days are free to attend but booking is essential. Please book by emailing:  rewilding@embercombe.org  

Date Day Time Event Age groups
17th Aug 2022 Wednesday 10:00-12:00 Pond dipping and surveying.

Help us discover what lies beneath the surface of our beautiful pond and come face to face with aquatic dragons!

All ages welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
25th Aug 2022 Thursday 14:00-17:00 Wildflower seed harvest and foraging berries.

A gentle experience in our meadows harvesting wildflower seeds to take away as well as taking advantage of any early bounty from our hedgerows. Use the seed to start your own wildflower area.

 

All ages welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
3rd Sept 2022 Saturday 10:00-15:00 REWILDING DAY!

We will be building a giant bug hotel for Embercombe, making hedgehog tunnels and more!

All ages welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
16th-17th Sept 2022 Friday night – Saturday morning 17:00-10:00 Overnight camp out.

Rewild your soul with a camp out under the stars. Have you ever slept outside without a tent? We will provide a safe space to enjoy the exhilaration of being in the wild without any of the worries!

Adults and children 12yr+ are welcome to attend. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
1st Oct 2022 Saturday 09:00-17:00 REWILDING DAY!

The Devon Wildland pilgrimage.

A walk across the Devon Wildland to view the local area through wildlife’s eyes. Our aspiration is for a joined-up landscape for wildlife to thrive and this walk will help us to do this by identifying where man-made barriers stand in the way of wildlife.

Light lunch provided.

All ages welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note this walk will cover several miles, at a reasonable pace over rough, hilly ground.

24th Oct 2022 Monday 10:00-12:30 Magical mycelium.

Learn about the evolutionary ecology of fungi and how it came to underpin all life on earth. Explore the woods to find mushrooms and fungi present. Learn about the wood-wide web and the essential role this has in our future.

Adults and children 10yrs+ are welcome to attend. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
24th Oct 2022 Monday 14:00-17:00 Apple and berry foraging.

Come along and harvest some wild fruit and apples from our orchard. Take them home, share with friends or store for the winter ahead.

All ages welcome. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
5th Nov 2022 Saturday 10:00-15:00 REWILDING DAY!

Come along and learn about the traditional practice of coppicing, carry it out and create sustainable produce from our beautiful woodland.

Adults and children 10yrs+ are welcome to attend. Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and carers must supervise children as we will be cutting trees, using tools and working on uneven ground.

 

Children under the age of 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are welcome to bring up to 3 children under the age of 12 years old. Please note children must be supervised at all times.

 

We are grateful that this project has been generously funded by Lottery Awards for All and welcome all people and community groups in the rural areas around the Teign Valley, Higher Ashton, Chudleigh and Bovey Tracey to join us.


Want to join our Rewilding Camps?

Find out more about our upcoming Rewilding Camps here.

Key information:

DATES:

Wednesday 17th August 2022: 10:00 – 12:00

Thursday 25th August 2022: 1400 – 17:00

Saturday 3rd September 2022; 10:00 – 15:00

Friday night – Saturday morning 16th-17th September 2022: 17:00 – 10:00

Saturday 1st October 2022: 09:00 – 17:00

Monday 24th October 2022: 10:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00

Saturday 5th Nov 2022: 10:00 – 15:00

 

The days are free to attend but booking is essential. Please book by emailing:  rewilding@embercombe.org  


Rewilding camps

Facilitator

Laura Fairs

Laura has been working in nature conservation for over 20 years and has recently joined Embercombe from the Wildlife Trust movement. Working on nature reserves of 1 acre through to landscapes of 5000 acres, establishing an extensive conservation grazing herd, offering farm advice and more recently implementing a Natural Flood Management project on private landholdings for public and biodiversity benefit. Laura combines practicality, common sense and understanding with connecting people and nature. Laura has been drawn to Embercombe to be a part of all aspects of their rewilding action. She is looking forward to joining the conversation to find ways in which we can rewild our world. Laura is passionate about reducing her impact on the world through minimising her consumption, growing her own food, sharing, repairing, mending, swapping and finding solutions that do not require buying new stuff! She is a proud parent of two #FridaysForFuture Climate Strikers. Laura lives with her family in the stunning Teign Valley.