Fund our Wildflower Fortunes Cards and connect young people to nature.
We need £5k to get our Wildflower Fortunes project on the road, helping young adults to connect with nature in a brand new enjoyable, immersive experience.
The Fairyland Trust helps children and young people to get to know nature: giving them the ability to identify wildflowers around them, and see the difference between birds, animals, and other wildlife. But we do this in a unique way. Rather than relying on classroom-style facts and figures, the Fairyland Trust engages people with nature, through arts and crafts, folklore, storytelling and theatre. This makes us unique among nature conservation charities.
Our Wildflower Fortunes Caravan will take wildlife learning to the ‘lost generations’ of youth audiences in a fun and dynamic way. It will give unemployed young volunteers vocational and interpersonal skills, and create a magical experience which will engage participants in nature.
This project is unique in that it aims to create a triple impact with young adults who missed out on nature education as part of the curriculum, and seeks to bridge the gap between children’s learning and adult engagement schemes. Environmental consciousness is high, but knowledge and understanding of our native wildlife is low. We can help fix that.
The caravan will be taken to festivals and events, acting as a portal to the magic of nature. Using real folklore, the experience will involve a personalised session, resulting in a wildflower fortunes card and specially selected native seeds to take home.
This innovative project targets young adults with little or no wildlife knowledge, and takes the message to where they can be found in an environment where they are most likely to be open-minded.
The flowers have been specially selected for their benefit to native wildlife. By encouraging young people to plant the seeds, not only will they forge their own personal connection to nature, they will provide an important "pit-stop" of food for bees and butterflies.
We have our caravan, we have our young people, we just need our materials. Your pledges will fund the creation of 40 bespoke cards, as well as lots of other materials to bring the experience to life.
Each beautiful card will have a unique hand painted design, and information including the symbolism, folklore, habitat and wildlife attracted to each plant. Where will your fortune lead you? Step into our caravan, where you will be guided by a mysterious character, divining your true character from a series of insightful questions.
Maybe you'll be a Herb Robert, Centaury or Vervain? Or Perhaps a Cowslip? Those who choose this flower have a positive attitude, are ambitious and successful in life generous with friends and good company. This pretty fragrant flower has yellow bells which are thought to provide shelter for the fairies. The red dots on the petals are said to symbolise a fairy hoard of jewels. Cowslips grow in the full sun on chalk downland and are the food plant of the Duke of Burgundy Frittilary butterfly.
If you chose this card, what will it say about you and your true nature? Your session will reveal all.
Afterwards, take your wildflower seeds home and grow a little wildlife haven, a doorstep oasis for birds, bees and butterflies no matter where you live. And the next time you see some Red Campion growing wild, you'll be reminded of your own special bond with our ancient and magical wildlife.