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Something in my essence: race and nature connections

Sheree Mack, a writer and artist living in England’s north east, uses hybrid writing to explore the experiences of people of colour in nature and the countryside.

Sheree is part of a National Lottery Heritage funded project aiming to understand and eliminate the barriers that limit People of Colour’s communities’ experience and enjoyment of the countryside.

A colourful double page with handwriting and a striking image of a woman of colour
Sheree’s journals include insights into her work on a National Lottery Heritage Fund Project about equity and inclusion in the outdoors | Sheree Mack

Sheree has generously shared extracts from her visual journals with CPRE. These explore the project, as well as sharing her art and her personal experience of connecting with nature. They feature striking imagery, poetry and prose.

'My visual journal is where I practice staying alive against all the odds.'
Sheree Mack

You can explore these remarkable documents in our immersive story here.

Read Sheree Mack’s story

If you enjoyed this article you might like to see more on the personal and collective histories of Black people’s relationship with the countryside:

Maxwell Ayamba on My England

Maureen Morant on connecting with trees

Baroness Floella Benjamin’s first impressions of the English countryside

And celebrating Black history through five English landscapes

A black woman with dreadlocks faces away from the camera and stands with arms outstretched in the countryside
Sheree Mack, writer and artist, has shared her journals about her connections to the countryside with CPRE Sheree Mack

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The legacy of Ethel’s vision and determination lives on thanks to the continued efforts of the Friends of the Peak District, and she remains an inspiration to everyone within CPRE