Placemaking

Anywhere – and, it follows, nowhere – can be a place. As long as we are there, to think and talk, to listen and respond. Mark Kingwell

Feral State projects work with disadvantaged urban communities to reclaim public spaces for creativity, adventure and play. We co-create immersive placemaking experiences, digital narratives and public events that build connections between place, nature and community.

From 2016-2018 the Feral Spaces project delivered free activities for young people in Stoke on Trent to reduce anti-social behaviour, develop safe spaces and connect young people with nature. Projects received funding from the Arts Council, Big Lottery Fund, Canal and River Trust and Stoke on Trent City Council.

Following two years of action research in Stoke-on-Trent, in 2019 Laurel founded the not-for-profit company Urban Wilderness. Our mission is to reclaim disused green spaces through youth led placemaking for community wellbeing and cohesion. We work in partnership with community groups, environmental charities and schools to deliver youth engagement, community projects and public festivals.