CREATing space for nature...

In reaction to the climate crisis and human urbanisation destroying habitats, we want to create highways for nature within our cities to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and increase its plant and insect biodiversity once again. We plan to do this through rewilding parks, grass verges, road islands, or any section of unused land that we can get our hands on!

Along the way, we will be piecing together a documentary to raise awareness of our natural world through speaking with scientists, other environmental organisations and investigating how nature can thrive in our cities.

Our launch day for this project was in September 2021 at Wednesfield park where we worked with Wolverhampton Council, Severn Trent, and local schools and volunteer groups to create a wildflower meadow. Read more on this here.

Follow us on our journey as we begin to build on our last project and evolve into a new and exciting organisation where we will share with you along the way, how you can be involved and help our natural world.

our plan

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To rewild

  1. Once proven successful, expand on our wildflower meadow at Wednesfield Park by planting in other areas

2. Eventually plant on roundabouts creating        our initial idea of 'Our Cities Wild Islands'

3. Continue to collaborate with other                    organisations and local councils to enable        our future work

4. Work with other environmental                        organisations on external projects whether      that's volunteering or beyond...

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Documentary:

We are beginning to piece together a documentary where we will explore the life on roundabouts within our cities; the origin of where our organisation 'Our Cities Wild Islands' was born. 

We have created our very own islands much like those in the ocean however we drive past these every day. Given the chance, roundabouts can create their very own ecosystems cut off from the mainland however, because of this lack of awareness, many roundabouts have just become unused areas of land that get regularly mowed effecting their ability to establish ecosystems. We will discover how these areas could become havens for wildlife, helping to create highways for nature within our cities, and reduce the effects of climate change.

Along the way we will be talking with key scientists, environmentalists, phycologists, and environmental organisations to discuss the importance of our natural world and why we can do more to understand it and preserve its existence in today's climate crisis.

Together we can reconnect to nature and make a change. 

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How it all

began...

Our mission to create Our Cities Wild Islands began from the discovery that given the chance, roundabouts can obtain ecosystems very similar to our oceanic islands however, we drive past these every day. How amazing is that? 

We wanted to investigate this discovery further and work to enhance these habitats to help insect and plant biodiversity flourish due to their current depletion from human urbanisation. Roundabouts are often un-used and mowed pieces of land so why not turn them into a haven for nature instead? Helping these habitats flourish would in turn help with the climate crisis and also in the education of how important preserving our natural world is.

However...

Working on roundabouts, due to health and safety concerns especially involving volunteers and local drivers, can be pretty tough so to build on our reputation to gain easier access to these areas, we decided it would be best to build our idea on other areas of un-used land first. This way we not only have evidence of our success and the impact that our work can make, but we are also not waiting around to help our natural world. This led us to begin our project at Wednesfield Park working with Wolverhampton City Council. 

tHE DOCUMENTARY...

Still feeling attached to our original findings regarding roundabouts, we have decided to instead use our experience in filmmaking to begin creating a documentary about these areas, giving us a chance to collaborate with many other organisations, speak with expert scientists and use our knowledge to educate and inspire others. 

our Founders:
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Ryan Eddowes

Project Director

A qualified Zoologist and Herpetologist with extensive experience within climate change and zoological areas helping to educate and engaging with the public. Previous work involves animal care education, wildlife presenting and conservation work with plans of becoming a wildlife presenter and broadcaster. 

Why OCWI?

"The natural world is our most precious commodity, it provides nature with everything it needs to thrive. Humans have become the most dominant species and since have damaged every aspect of the planet. But there's hope... we have the next decade to turn this around. I aim to use my extensive knowledge and experience of the natural world to form a project and documentary that provides clear, scienctist supported advice to help rewild our natural environment for future generations of humans and wildlife. Together we can make a difference."

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Amber Stanley

Creative Director

A qualified film maker with recent experience as a content creator and videographer. Helping to tell stories that offer change and create impact whilst supporting animal welfare and environmental movements, with plans to travel across the globe to help in animal conservation.

Why OCWI?

"Due to human kinds way of life today, we have become so disconnected from nature that we forget its beauty, importance and that we are indeed a part of it. I want to turn this around and feed compassion, understanding and opportunites surrounding our natural world into others to preserve our planet. I want to make a difference in whatever way I can. Whether that be using my career skills to create engaging content so OCWI becomes a source of inspiration and knowledge or by reaching out to councils and organisations to rewild and plant on land that brings nature into our cities."