Good Parks for London 2018

Good Parks for London 2018
Good Parks for London 2018

On Wednesday 28 November, Parks for London published the Good Parks for London Report 2018: Improving London’s parks for all.

The Good Parks for London Report 2018 considers the approach that London Boroughs are taking towards parks and green spaces, evaluating them against ten criteria: public satisfaction, awards for quality, health and wellbeing, sustainability, events, supporting nature, skills development, community partnerships, collaboration and strategic planning.

London Borough of Lewisham has topped the chart for the second year in a row, demonstrating the fantastic work that they are doing to promote and protect parks and green spaces across their Borough.

Criteria used to assess London Boroughs’ parks and green spaces services:
1. Public satisfaction with parks
2. Awards for quality (Green Flags and London in Bloom)
3. Collaboration
4. Events: both policy and range and number of events
5. Health, fitness and well-being
6. Supporting nature
7. Community partnerships
8. Skills development
9. Sustainability
10. Strategic planning

For reference the first report of 2017 can be found here.

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Tree of the year 2017

Sayes Court Mulberry Tree ©DeptfordFolk

 

DeptfordFolk a park user group in Deptford have nominated John Evelyn’s Mulberry Tree in Sayes Court Park, Lewisham for the Tree of the Year. The competition is run by The Woodland Trust and the winner will receive £1000 to go towards the upkeep of the tree.

They had a spot on ITV London news and they would love to bring the award to Deptford and South East London. The tree has an interesting history and local legend has it that the tree was planted 4oo years ago by Peter the Great of Russia to atone for a drunken rampage through John Evelyn’s garden.

John Evelyn was a writer, gardener and diarist who wrote about trees, pollution and street design. His writings are as relevant today as ever and is a figure of cultural significance for Lewisham.

The whole campaign ties into the #LoveItLewisham and the London Borough of Culture bid.

Esmée Fairbairn fund now open for applications

Upload your ideas to Spacehive.com

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new funding pot of £200,000 to support crowdfunding projects in Hull, Manchester and the London Borough of Lewisham.  The fund went live on the 28th of September and people and organisations who are interested in crowdfunding projects that bring the community together using the arts, culture, food or green spaces can apply for pledges to their campaign on Spacehive.com. Individual project creators could receive a pledge of up to £2,500 whilst organisations could receive up to £15,000 for projects that fit the criteria.

Through crowdfunding Esmée aims to get its money to projects which have genuine community support and demand alongside individuals, the council and local businesses. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. Their aims are to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK by funding organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change. This is a brand new way of funding projects for Esmée and they’re excited to explore and learn from the opportunities crowdfunding offers.

“Crowdfunding is an amazing way for people to decide what happens in their environment and democratise the way community projects are run” says Caroline Mason, CEO of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to fuel a more efficient, impactful, and accessible approach to grant funding local projects across the UK.

If you have a great idea to transform where you live, then upload your idea on Spacehive.com, start crowdfunding and you could receive a pledge from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Find out more about the fund and how to apply here.

 

 

Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme – NOW OPEN!

Groundwork
Applications now open

The second round of funding for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme is now open

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. The scheme is open to community groups across England, Wales and Scotland to apply for grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 to improve local green space. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, wildlife areas, seafront improvements and community gardens.

Tesco customers will be able to cast their vote on which shortlisted project in their area they would like to see receive the top grant from 1 October 2016.

Find out more about the application process here.

The first round of Bags of Help funding is already set to award £11.5m to over 1,000 groups.

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Community project toolkit

Groundwork has also launched a new Community Project Toolkit; containing hints and tips for communities looking to develop local green space projects.  

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Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme – NOW OPEN!

Groundwork
Applications open in April 2016

The second round of funding for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme is now open

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. The scheme is open to community groups across England, Wales and Scotland to apply for grants of £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 to improve local green space. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, wildlife areas, seafront improvements and community gardens.

Tesco customers will be able to cast their vote on which shortlisted project in their area they would like to see receive the top grant from 1 October 2016.

Find out more about the application process here.

The first round of Bags of Help funding is already set to award £11.5m to over 1,000 groups.

Read more
Community project toolkit

Groundwork has also launched a new Community Project Toolkit; containing hints and tips for communities looking to develop local green space projects.  

Read more

Growing Localities Awards 2013/14

A total of £2,500 prize money is being offered to projects which use nature to enhance and improve local communities and the lives of vulnerable or socially excluded people, generating positive outcomes such as health and well-being, new skills and knowledge, new relationships, and a sense of purpose and belonging.

This year, entries are invited for projects and initiatives in London that involve any one or combination of:

  • GARDENING AND GROWING FOOD – for communal eating and small-scale enterprise
  • LOOKING AFTER ANIMALS – bees, chickens, pigs, etc for the experience of care but also to farm
  • NATURE-THEMED ARTS AND CRAFTS – woodcraft, photography, film-making, writing, etc
  • EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ABOUT NATURE AND WILDLIFE – including trips and excursions to teach people about flora and fauna
  • RECLAIMING AND DEVELOPING WASTELAND – projects initiated and led by residents and tenants
  • ‘GREEN’ EXERCISE – groups  for walking, cycling, running, etc with a nature theme 

Entries are invited from not-for-profit organisations in the capital such as:

  • Community-based and voluntary organisations
  • Faith groups
  • Health organisations
  • Homeless agencies
  • Hospices
  • Prisons
  • Resident committees
  • Schools
  • Social housing providers
  • Social care providers
  • Supported housing providers (providing mental health services, substance misuse, learning disabilities, etc)   
  • Deadline for entries – Friday, January 24th, 2014

For more information on the awards and to enter click: here

Congratulations to Old Hands at Mud Pies and Shed Heaven

So the votes are in for the People’s Millions and huge congratulations to London Play and Assembly SE8 who won with Old Hands at Mud Pies.  They have won £43,232 to help reduce social isolation among older people in Lewisham by involving them in a vibrant outdoor play project.

Congratulations to London Play and Assembly SE8.
Congratulations to London Play and Assembly SE8.

The ‘Old Hands at Mud Pies’ project is based on a simple truth: children and older people enjoy being around each other. Children’s energy and enthusiasm can be infectious and brings out the playful side in everyone. Older people have a lifetime’s experience to share and often as parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents, can quickly connect with children. However, some older people become isolated as their families move away and perhaps fear of crime, ill health or loss of confidence prevents them from forming new connections within their community. Meanwhile, in a borough with the highest proportion of single parents in London, many Deptford youngsters are missing the influence of older people in their lives.

This is an ideal setting in which to involve older people at a level they are comfortable with, be it planting and digging and building, or sharing childhood stories and games with young people. The sessions will make older people feel valued, energised and connected and give them a space to contribute their ideas and skills in an environment where their participation makes a difference.

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Congratulations to Shed Heaven

However, all was not lost for Shed Heaven who won the People’s Millions Bonus Award and therefore also won £50,000 towards their project.  Shed Heaven, in Grove Park, Lewisham, will pass on to local young and inexperienced people real woodworking and practical skills. And Shed Heaven will mentor and teach newcomers how to run community music workshops, radio plays, etc.

The new facilities will be used to deliver activities open to all age groups to allow for shared learning between generations.

This is fantastic news for everyone involved.  Massive congratulations to everyone that put the time and effort in to writing these bids.  You should all be very proud of yourselves.  Both projects are going to make a huge difference to the people of Lewisham.