Pathways Consultancy were brought in by the National Trust and the team at Stowe Gardens with the aim of better understanding the surrounding community and exploring ways of working with partners in the community to make use of Stowe as a resource, and to strengthen local connections.

We were asked to focus on ‘hard to reach’ audiences, particularly those from more deprived sections of society. Our task was to begin making contacts with these groups and find out how they may be interested in accessing Stowe, and whether they would also benefit from Stowe team members going into the community and sharing their experiences in the groups’ own space.

We enjoyed the chance to work with the team at Stowe and deepening our understanding of the issues facing such a site. It is hoped that this work could feed into wider change within the organisation.