Local charity River Holme Connections celebrates The River Runs Deep project flowing into action.
The aim of the original project was to work with groups indoors and out to create artworks inspired by rubbish found along the River Holme. Unfortunately, due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, working with groups was no longer possible. Project manager and local artist Rachel Massey said “The aim of the project was to engage local people in their local environment in the Spa Wood area of Huddersfield. Although we are no longer able to work with groups of people, we can still find a way to connect people with nature. Connecting to nature can make us calmer, happier, and less stressed particularly during these uncertain times”. Together with another local artist Alice Bradshaw they have designed a Guide to Connecting with Nature Indoors and Out. The guide uses the Five Pathways to Nature Connection which are senses, emotions, beauty, meaning and compassion with an opportunity for people to create their own nature discovery.
Working in partnership, Thornton Lodge Action Group sent the guides out with food parcels to celebrate Eid and Support 2 Recovery have sent the guide to everyone who uses their services. The residents of Aden View Care Home will also enjoy the guide too.
Rachel and Alice said, “We really hope the guide to nature helps people to reconnect with their local environment particularly during these difficult times and we look forward to seeing lots of creative nature discoveries”. Every returned card complete with a nature discovery will be put into a Prize Draw with a chance to win food vouchers up to £150 in value. The closing date is 30th June 2020.
Later in the year Rachel and Alice hope to work with some groups to create artworks which will have a chance to be displayed along the Riverside Way at Spa Wood.
Further details of the River Runs Deep project can be found on the charity’s website www.riverholmeconnections.org/projects
The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see the continuation of community engagement in Spa Wood following the success of the Our Holme project in the area last year.