Green Week 2017 Roundup

Another year, another fantastic (and slightly weird) Green Week for Stride Treglown, with this years’ theme being ‘WILD’.

The intention was to get people thinking about the importance of nature for our physical and mental wellbeing, and how, as designers, we can incorporate more ‘wild’ into the places and spaces we create.

Here’s what we got up to:

#WildGreenWeek Photo Competition

An open photo competition for the public, clients and staff to show us their best photographs of nature reclaiming the man made. Photos were submitted on Instagram and Twitter and are displayed on www.wildgreenweek.com.

The winning entry is below, with James bagging himself a Cacoon hanging tent (which was hanging from our Bristol office cedar tree during the week).

 

Wild Animal Visit

Both our Cardiff and Bristol offices were visited by some interesting animals on Friday afternoon. Various snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, tortoises… and a Shetland pony!

 

5 to 9 Micro Adventure

In the spirit of an initiative started by author and adventurer, Alastair Humphreys, we reversed the 9-to-5 by leaving the office for a micro-adventure and spending a night in nature, before returning ready for work the next morning.

One group trekked 8.9 miles from our Bristol office to the Cadbury Camp Iron Age Fort, spending an evening cooking over the open fire and sleeping under the stars, whilst another drove down to Croyd at 5pm for a surf and a pint, returning at 9am ready for work.

 

Colin Moody’s ‘We Are One’ Project

Photographer and radio DJ, Colin Moody, came to tell us about his ‘We Are One’ project, in which he is attempting to photograph every single person in Bristol in order to create one composite portrait.

Colin’s ambitious project is a reaction to world events, with the aim of doing something positive about unity at a time when news across the globe is about divisions.

He then took a photo of everybody in the Bristol office, with the results below. Don’t we look a friendly bunch!

 

Avon Wildlife Walk

Our Bath office went on a local tour of the local area, hosted by Avon Wildlife Trust, to find our more about the nature on their doorstep.

 

Bournville Bees

Our Bournville office met Bournville Village Trust resident beekeepers, Ian and Colin, from Bournville Beekeepers. Both were employees of Cadbury’s and their love of beekeeping has now developed into a joint venture keeping bees in and around public spaces in Bournville, such as the Bournville Village Trust Headquarters (where Stride Treglown Birmingham are based), Rowheath Pavilion and Selly Manor Museum.

The afternoon started off with a presentation in the office over lunch, followed by getting suited up and going through a hive.

 

Wild and Rustic Food

Pop-up catering company, Wild and Rustic, set up shop outside the office to share some of their countryside inspired cooking.

Founded in 2014 by Laurence Aspey, who has worked within Rosette and Michelin starred establishments and for great names such as Jamie Oliver, Gennaro Contaldo, and Mike Robinson, the company only uses local suppliers, seasonal ingredients, and organic veg.

 

Wild Yoga

Too keep us fit and get us out in the sun, our Bath and Bristol teams enjoyed some Wild Yoga in the sun during Thursday lunchtime with local yoga teachers.

 

All in all a very successful, very busy, very wild Green Week! Suggestions for next years’ theme welcome, or if you would like to come in and do a talk or tell us about your project, please get in touch.

What is Green Week?

Green Week is an annual week of themed days designed to raise the profile of sustainability throughout Stride Treglown and externally, to local business communities and our clients.

It aims to encourage other businesses to engage their staff in a similar way so companies and individuals gain a better understanding of sustainable issues, the part they can play in developing this further and the benefit to themselves and their community.

Previous years’ highlights include:

– Publication of our 52 Big Ideas for Bristol book
– Top Gear style Man v Machine race across Bristol
– Opening of our office allotments
– Candle lit speaking event at Redcliffe caves
– Design a bird box competition
– Shared local meals

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