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.

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

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

Bohemia Bog… back from the brink

19 November 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

A quick thank you and an update on how this rare and exceptional transition mire on the Isle of Wight is coming back to life now and for the future, thanks to a combined local effort.

Isle of Wild… Supersizing Sandown Bay for Discovery Bay Biology Week

18 October 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

Island wildlife from past to present, from fossils to live moths and the most microscopic, was supersized into brilliant focus by the Discovery Bay team for National Biology Week… here’s an update on the latest of our science & nature calendar events for 2018.

Greening the Grey for the Blue

12 July 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

A set of 5 built intertidal habitat features designed by Artecology and installed at a major ferry terminal are providing new integrated green-grey infrastructure and ecological gains for the marine environment. Wightlink, working with Arc and consulting marine ecologists ABPMer, on their application for upgraded port facilities, were looking for an opportunity to extend habitat

Insects in Action

25 June 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

In celebration of National Insect Week 2018 and to show just how precision-tuned insects are, here’s a film we made earlier… The team here, Arc and Artecology and The Common Space too, work to ensure that built infrastructure and the space in and around it can and does support wildlife/biodiversity. Even the smallest of spaces

Swallows and Damazons!

24 May 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

A spot of punctuated intervention in the public realm and the wildlife’s flying in! Spring update on the Lost Duver meadows.

The Common Space secures Arts Council England Award for Sandown Spectacular, Hullabaloo

4 May 2018
BY:
Claire Hector

Great news from our not-for-profit sister organisation, The Common Space…   Sandown Bay’s arts and discovery celebration Hullabaloo is set to be even more spectacular this year thanks to help from The Common Space and a boost in funding from Arts Council England.  Bay-based not-for-profit, The Common Space has been awarded £15,000 to help Hullabaloo