My Shared Assets journey began amidst the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many others across the world, I had just finished my studies and was in search of a role that would begin my career; as someone who originally studied physical geography and then shifted to specialise in urban design, planning and green spaces. Shared Assets' mission to reimagine land for the common good stood out immediately to me. Another factor was that Shared Assets acknowledged that the land and environment sector was not as diverse and inclusive as it could and should be; because we all interact with land daily, whether it's public or private.
Throughout my studies, I focussed on green spaces and human relationships with them in the past, present and future.
During my time at Shared Assets, I have been a part of a variety of projects that have enabled me to grow and hone in and enable green spaces to thrive as well as become more involved in the community and land projects. Examples include leading a visioning process for Larkhall Park in my hometown of South London, exploring open space ventures with a community in Wigan and re-engaging a local community in Grimbsy with a park that wasn't being used as best as it could be. Another highlight was the Parks for Health project with Camden and Islington Councils, where I used my research on the health and wellbeing benefits of green spaces and lead the production of a set of co-produced guides for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. I was also introduced to business plan writing for parks and was able to use theories and lessons I had learned from studying urban design to take a lead on writing a business plan for Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in East London.
I am thoroughly grateful to have been given such an amazing opportunity to work for the Shared Assets team. Not only working with the land and open spaces but to have been a part of furthering the movement of land for the common good.