I asked a few people on my course a question. I wanted to know if, since they had started living in Nottingham, had they been into any natural areas in Nottingham? This excluded the trip to the Arboretum with the university.
Having lived in Nottingham all my life, I know that there is more to the area than just the city. There are many areas of natural beauty in Nottingham, amongst all the greenery of parks and fields. I think it is a shame that people may not always get to see this side of Nottingham and I would love to be able to provide them with a sense of nature through this project.
The results of this survey have further encouraged my idea for getting people to interact with nature and be drawn into the park. I recognise that students living in the city centre are not always able to get to the natural parts of Nottingham, in fact they may not even know about them. Therefore, I feel that it is important to maximise any experience with nature that they get. The Arboretum, located right in the city centre, is the ideal place to achieve this goal.
This survey may have confirmed my suspicions, but more importantly it has further inspired me to proceed with this idea.