Shaping Better Places

5 December 2019
BY:
Ian Boyd

We have forgotten that we are organisms sharing our bit of territory with the encompassing natural world. By creating spaces for wildlife in every part of the built and planted environments that our urban lives will continue to generate, we can shape better places for people too.

The Christmas Garden 2019

3 December 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

Our free and homespun celebration of people, place and the festive season is back! Join us all at Sandown Bay’s cliff-top Battery for this year’s The Christmas Garden…

The Business of Biodiversity

7 November 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

The Arc Group (both Arc and Artecology) work with clients, global investment management team LaSalle. Their Development Director, Andrew Derry, has just been in touch to say one project, Bourne Business Park, has been featured by the Better Buildings Partnership in the UK. http://www.betterbuildingspartnership.co.uk/lasalle’s-bourne-business-park-boosts-biodiversity-and-wellbeing Thanks to an inspired landscape architect at development stage and following

Signposting new ways – update on the Willow Walk

26 September 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

Signs of change! The Willow Walk is a 1km case study of shaping better places! Part-living field study guide, community project, urban rewilding and we believe a good example of how businesses can help to build natural and social capital on their doorstep.

Fridays for Future and the business of biodiversity

20 September 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

Fridays for Future… Climate crisis and biodiversity loss is finally going global. Whether or not we are personally interested in the environment doesn’t matter, we are ALL in it and part of it and are affected by it. People are nature, simple. Find out about it, make informed decisions and recognise that it’s no longer business as usual.

Under The Pier 2019 update… Sunshine & Sea Scorpions

10 September 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

Our Isle of Wight’s end of summer bring-your-own-bucket celebration of people, place and nature, Under The Pier in Ryde was a packed and happy, species-rich spectacle last week with around 600 visitors on board with dozens of species discovered!

Walls, Walks, Waves… What Will You Find?

22 August 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

While Artecology are out at sea with Marineff and half of Arc are out on dormice detail, Claire’s been staring at walls…looking at the team’s back catalogue & current work, old public art to Artecology biograffiti and bee walls and how we’re rethinking the concrete tide. Luckily she hit a wall and this blog ends before she got on to our #rewilding work! Walls the Album continues later this summer.

Rewilding’s blooming brilliant in Sandown Bay!

27 June 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

The Lost Duver project’s really coming alive now with colour and buzz along Culver Parade, in Sandown Bay and we’ve been snapping pictures recently of this coastal flora restoration. Our not-for-profit co-organisation The Common Space curates this experimental combination of planting coastal wildflowers, tiny bit of guerilla gardening with simple cornfield annuals mix, and very

And there’s more…

31 January 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

Another boost for Sandown Bay! We’re delighted to announce that our not-for-profit co-organisation The Common Space has been awarded Coastal Revival Funding for the Ice Cream & Science project at Browns in Sandown. This funding will help to support efforts to conserve and enhance this area as the top spot it’s become for exploration of

The Long Listen… Ian Boyd podcast

18 January 2019
BY:
Claire Hector

‘Life is everywhere and you have a relationship with this living world, even in the most developed space.’ Listen in to find out more – Podcast interview with Ian Boyd by Joe Redston

Men in Pavilions

12 December 2018
BY:
Claire Hector
Catching up with Men in Sheds… The Common Space-funded & Age UK project putting the power back in the PLUTO Pavilion.

Recharging the Battery – Coastal Revival Fund Success!

29 November 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

We are delighted to announce that The Bay Coastal Community Team in partnership with the The National Poo Museum and the Isle of Wight Council, have secured a £50,000 Coastal Revival Fund towards the continued restoration of Sandown Barrack Battery. Arc and partners oversaw the first phase of Recharging the Battery, helping to breathe life back into