Our Mission To create a family-centred community space in a natural environment to foster a connection with nature, improve wellbeing and share skills and knowledge.
To achieve our mission, we will focus on the following key areas:
Welcome to The Hive! 🐝
My name is Steph, I come from Bury St Edmunds in West Suffolk. I am a home-educating mum to our eight-year-old daughter, Amelia. I am a Forest School Leader, a music teacher, and the facilitator of various community groups. I am really proud to be sharing my vision for this exciting community project with you! This project will bring together the key elements of the other organisations I run, which are families and communities, nature, wellbeing and education. As we get this project off the ground, I will be using the website and facebook page to gather support, both financially, and physically. Please keep reading to find out more about my vision.
The plan is to find a piece of wooded land with enough space to create a family-friendly, community-run and eco-friendly centre. It would focus on Connection, Community and the Environment as a way of bringing families and communities together. We will be using locally and sustainably sourced natural materials where possible, and members of our own local community to help us design and build our dream space.
For now, it is just the start of a very exciting project. Hopefully it will become reality soon. I have an amazing team working with me to run the organisation, as well as support from the council, but we will rely on volunteers, sponsors and moral support to see this through! If you can help us in any way, please get in touch!
Aims and Objectives
1) Develop and nurture a community of families who share our values
Create a supportive network of local businesses and families to strengthen the connections within our community both online and in person by identifying and securing a site where we can host workshops, events and social gatherings.
Host and run two Green Fairs in Bury St Edmunds each year providing an opportunity for eco-friendly local businesses and community projects to share their knowledge and skills and to raise awareness of sustainable and low-impact choices. The events will introduce community groups and conservation charities to the public, developing a stronger relationship within the community, inspiring them to reconnect with nature and the environment.
Run the St Edmundsbaby Organisation, hosting the Pregnancy and Parenting fayres and support group at The Apex, offering support and resources for parents through the website and magazines.
Run West Suffolk Home Ed Hub, hosting the Home Education fayres at The Apex and providing resources for families via the website and magazines.
Offer sessions and workshops with a focus on outdoor education and nature connection for wellbeing in order to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle choices.
Encourage a sense of pride in our town and in the wider region by engaging with the local community and involving them in our work.
2) To create a wellbeing and educational space in a natural environment
Invite members and volunteers to assist in the creation of shelters for wellbeing and education.
Collaborate with a variety of providers of wellbeing and outdoor education sessions and workshops to create a balanced timetable throughout the year for a wide selection of ages and abilities.
3) To find and regenerate an area of land
Identify suitable sites within a radius of ten-fifteen miles around Bury St Edmunds which would fit with the vision
Approach land owners, the council and estate agents to negotiate potential lease or purchase of land
Obtain necessary planning permission and surveys required for building on the land
Liaise with local conservation and land management specialists regarding the regeneration and rewilding of the site. Work in partnership with relevant authorities.
Invite members of the community to volunteer their time to regenerate the land and learn conservation skills.
3) To build and manage an eco community centre
Work with local experts in natural and eco-friendly building techniques to design buildings which are suitable for the site and will fit in with the vision.
Involve members of the community in the building of the site with working parties and training workshops.
Provide opportunities for work experience, volunteers and contract work during building and in the management and running of the centre.
Develop and manage a café or kiosk serving organic locally grown and responsibly sourced produce.