Bradgers Hill Wilder Futures

Bradgers Hill Wilder Futures

© Paul Hammond

Luton, Bedfordshire
Running from 2021 to 2024
Focus on community engagement
Funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Bradgers Hill Wilder Future’s Project is a vital and timely project. Designed to inspire people to understand, care for and take action for the precious green spaces that envelop the urban Luton landscape, it has communities at its heart.

The project will use creative ways to engage diverse audiences and forge a new sense of place and belonging within the local green spaces. 

Luton, Let's get wild!

Our Project Purpose

We aim to inspire and empower the community local to Bradgers Hill to take action in their lives and forge meaningful connections with their local green space in order to preserve it for future generations.

The project will focus on:

Schools and community engagement

Impart the importance of the natural environment and how to care for it

Children from a Nursery School participating in a Forest School, Moorcroft Wood - Paul Harris/2020VISION

Conservation management

Enhance and preserve a vital area of bio-diverse grassland

Connect community and nature

Inspire people to use local green areas and see the improvement to their overall wellbeing

Matthew Roberts

Our Project Mission

We are committed to working locally in Luton to improve the social and environmental wellbeing of our community, simultaneously elevating the significance of Bradgers Hill through heritage, conservation and engagement opportunities which inspire, move and teach. 

Bradgers Hill is a hidden gem in the outskirts of the Bushmead Estate in Luton. A lush grassland habitat for significant wildlife and plants, this belt of green space has been utilised by humans for centuries and still bears the markings from medieval farming, to modern warfare when local troupes readied themselves in the chalk pits for the front line.

Until recently, the John Dony Centre (now the Bushmead Community Hub) delivered regular environmental educational activities. Due to changing circumstances, activities ceased for a number of years. The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (BCN) alongside its partner Luton Borough Council and volunteer community group Friends of Bradgers Hill, want to once again deliver heritage and nature engagement activities on this site and in the local communities. We will work closely in partnership with all parties to ensure the legacy of this project is felt for future generations.

An introduction to the Bradgers Hill project.

Get involved

We will be running fortnightly conservation work parties at Bradgers Hill nature reserve starting in November 2021. 

To find out more about volunteering opportunities, or just to meet the project team working in your community, please get in touch with Noreen Iqbal Noreen.Iqbal@wildlifebcn.org

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