Join us on Saturday 19th November for an Open Day at Boundary Way Community Garden between 11 and 4pm.
Follow an immersive trail around this tranquil green space to explore poetry, art and film that celebrates nature and explores climate visions of the future.
We are delighted that our upcoming Open Day will be part of Being Human Festival. Being Human festival presents hundreds of free events across the UK and beyond taking place each year in November. The festival events aim to celebrate and demonstrate the ways in which the humanities inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.
Each year the festival invites researchers at universities and other research organisations to collaborate with local community and cultural partners to create exciting and engaging events and projects for all to enjoy.
This year Boundary Way Project is part of the University of Wolverhampton Festival Hub.
It will be the final stop on a 'Walking Wolverhampton for Wellbeing' walk. positively disruptive walk across the city of Wolverhampton, with the aim to enhance our wellbeing.
The walk will start at West Park for an exploration of Black Country Geopoetics by writer Dr R.M. Francis, who attempts to understand how humans relate to the natural world. (The second stop is at) Wolverhampton Art Gallery, (where) you’ll be invited to make your own prints with artist and University of Wolverhampton’s lecturer in Fine Arts Laura Onions” (Walking Wolverhampton for Wellbeing). The final stop on the well-being walk is Boundary Way Allotments and Community Garden, where we will focus on climate change via an immersive tour through a soundscape and exhibition in the community garden on the theme of letters to the future. Wolverhampton’s poet laureate Kuli Kohli and other members of Wolverhampton Women’s Punjabi Writers Group will end the day with performances of environmentally-inspired poetry.
We are so excited for the Open Day, which will be our first November Open Day and we are excited to share this wonderful early Winter month at the Community Garden with visitors. The polytunnel will act as an exhibition space, with sustainable and regeneratively created artwork on display by artist Sally Deegan and INKollective, a collective of artists that work with Botanical Ink.
Alongside this, there will be an opportunity to read and listen to poetry created by Boundary Way Writers’ Group and Wolverhampton Women’s Punjabi Writers Group, who have been working as part of our collaboration with DearTomorrow to write poems on an environmental theme and as letters to the future.
The Dear Tomorrow project aims to encourage people to take positive action through thinking differently about the problem of climate change. “DearTomorrow is collecting letters, photos and videos about climate change action. These messages are dedicated to our children, grandchildren, our future selves and future generations. All messages are shared to inspire ourselves and others to take greater action now. They are also preserved for the future and will be made available in 2030 and 2050.” (Dear Tomorrow)
As well as reading letters from the groups, there will be an opportunity on the day through our collaboration to share your own letter and contribute the project - sharing your hopes for future generations and your personal story.
We hope to welcome you to our Open Day, either on the Walking Wolverhampton for Wellbeing walk or if you just fancy dropping in we will be open from 11-4pm, and share our latest work and the community garden with you. Please note that if you are taking part in the walk, transport will be available. This is a free event and there will be light refreshments available.
Book your free place on the Being Human Festival - Walking Wolverhampton for Wellbeing here.
Images in post by Dee Patel and Rachel Gillies.