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Stronger Roots - Who are we working with?

The Stronger Roots Project aims to regenerate our community woodlands and also grow people’s connection with nature particularly within the woodlands of Buxton – bringing health and regeneration to all.

Babbling Vagabonds

Are creating and performing a piece of community theatre.

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To create a new community engagement piece of theatre for the Buxton woods (owned by BCA), that engages with the Stronger Roots project.
There are two themes that we need to address ‘Rejuvenation’- represented by woodland cycles and ‘Healing’- mental and physical well being through contact with nature.

Creeping Toad

Working with groups to find ways of celebrating the relationships between people and the places where they live, work and play.

Creeping Toad is Gordon MacLellan. Long established as one of Britain’s leading environmental educators, Gordon runs events, workshops and training courses with groups from activity days with schools and on holiday playschemes to training courses at some of Britain’s leading environmental centres. 

Drawing on a background that ranges from a zoology degree to teaching and environmental education, Gordon weaves science, people and wild creativity into his work.

Bob Chiang

He’ll be running Tai chi and mindfulness sessions.


Learn Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a martial art originating in China. Nowadays the health aspect is emphasised with it’s gentle form of exercises and practiced around the world. It helps to develop a healthy body and mind. It  has many benefits in terms of relaxation, stress-relief, increased flexibility, and fitness.


Learn Mindfulness meditation to increase your mental, emotional and physical well-being.

We will be going through the basics of Mindfulness meditation, what it is about, the benefits of it, the techniques and how to apply it in daily life. If you are new or an advanced practitioner the sessions are suitable for everyone.

In Mindfulness we are developing the skills to be happier, more at peace and content.

Who are the project team?

The Stronger Roots project is being delivered by 3 new members of staff;

Frag Last (Community Engagement Officer)

Frag is responsible for working with organisations across Buxton to pull together our programme of community events. An experienced outdoor practitioner, Frag is also delivering a range of events and activities throughout the year (see the Events and Bookings page for more details). You can contact Frag on

Andy Goodwin (Woodlands Assistant)

Andy is responsible for helping maintain our woodlands so that we can all enjoy them. Andy will also be a regular presence in the woods, both at our community events and in the woods during the week.

Will Ward (Project Manager)

Will is responsible for management of the project, including working with other organisations and our funder, evaluation of the project and budgeting. Will has a background in managing youth and community programmes.

The team reports to a steering group which is made up of some of Buxton Civic Association’s directors and long-term staff.

Green Recovery Challenge Fund

About the Green Recovery Challenge Fund

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal whilst creating and retaining a range of jobs. The aim of the fund is to support projects that are ready to deliver and focus on nature restoration, nature-based solutions and connecting people with nature, delivering against the goals of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP), whilst helping to sustain and build capacity in the sector.