The Weekly Challenge

The Weekly Challenge, 14th September – The Oakupy Project

The Arkbound Foundation is a charity based in Bristol and Glasgow that aims to widen access to literature and improve diversity within publishing.

They run community projects, support books with strong social and environmental themes and mentor aspiring authors to produce books that empower, educate and inspire readers.

Recently, Arkbound were made aware of 1000 Oak Trees that, unless claimed and planted, were destined for the mulcher. Since then, they have started ‘The Oakupy Project’ and have invited community spaces, schools, libraries, youth groups and hospitals to take a tree. They want to create green spaces within an urban environment – and they are still looking for more homes. Read more on the project and how those local to Bristol can get involved here.

Do
To celebrate The Oakupy Project, we are celebrating trees! Small ones, big ones, and everything in between – take the time to consider what’s around you and get creative. Could you go on an outdoors adventure and photograph what you find? Will you find an oak tree?

You could take inspiration from nature and create an Autumnal collage, or draw a repeating pattern of Oak tree leaves. You might even like to create a ‘family tree’ – where are your roots, and where are you growing? Could you take inspiration from the project, and create something that advocates to protect or develop green spaces near you?

Anything goes…get creative!

If you have more time … 
Capture your challenge in words! A poem, short story, poster or even a nature-inspired recipe.

Think 

The Arkbound Foundation are working towards a ‘Green and Inclusive’ recovery from COVID-19. This includes thinking about the steps they can take to be more environmentally friendly in their daily lives, and working to understand and overcome barriers to inclusion based on disability, race and economic position. What might this mean in your life? What does this encourage you to think about?
Share
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Share your work in a way that suits you – online, or offline.

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