NIA: Helping the Bees
Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area digital multimedia project Langtree.
In this short film we worked with different groups of all ages in the community of Langtree in north Devon. Children from the Thank God it's Friday club interviewed older members of the community about wildlife and growing up in Langtree. At Langtree Primary School the children created pictures which were animated to make the film. They also built bee hotels which have been installed in the church yard in Langtree.
The Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area (NIA) is a pioneering project covering the greater part of the Torridge River catchment. The project works with landowners and local communities to help support, protect and connect wildlife habitats and enhance recognition that our natural heritage underpins all our lives. A healthy network of wildflower grasslands, broadleaved woodlands and clean rivers isn’t just good for wildlife. They provide food and fuel, help improve water quality, reduce flooding and offer special places for healthy outdoor recreation where human spirits are uplifted and inspired.
In addition to the more traditional work with landowners, schools programme and community work, the Nature Improvement Area Project partner Devon Wildlife Trust worked with local communities on a multi-media arts project.
The resulting short films are based on “My living landscape” – a creative expression of what the local landscape, associated wildlife & understanding of ecosystem services means to each group.