Read all of the latest news stories from Groundwork London.
The Big Lottery Fund's multi-million pound Changing Spaces schemes are now opening their doors for communities across London to access grants that will help them to enjoy and improve their local natural environment.
Marks & Spencer is to roll-out a 5p charge for food carrier bags in all* of its UK stores from the beginning of May to encourage customers to reduce the number of bags they use and to raise money for environmental projects.
Groundwork was delighted to support the first public hustings event for the London mayoral elections on 14 February.
The Western Riverside Environmental Fund (WREF) is inviting applications.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced the winners of its first annual Neighbourhood Excellence Initiative (NEI) awards in London. The initiative recognises and rewards community groups, local heroes and student leaders for their work within local communities.
Groundwork has won two Landscape Institute Awards for its innovative and successful landscape design. The Centenary Garden, a community space packed with features and constructed with sustainable materials, and natural play project playscape, a design for creative, imaginative play areas, picked up the prestigious prizes at a ceremony in London.
A group of disadvantaged young people from across East London will be taking part in a life-changing volunteer programme this Autumn, thanks to a unique partnership between Groundwork East London and Raleigh International.
On Tuesday 2nd October, the Colne Valley Park will be visited by a group of 40 representatives of the Dutch government and other official Dutch groups. The group are in the UK for a study trip to help with the development of national parks in Holland. They wanted to visit the Colne Valley Regional Park because of Colne Valley's experience in developing a historic landscape successfully.
Groundwork London is inviting applications for a second round of the London Woodland Grants Scheme. The scheme offers small grants (£500-£5000) for tree and woodland related projects. Funding is offered for a variety of activities from planting and maintaining trees to woodland management, signage and community involvement. At present the scheme is only available in East and South East London.
An innovative five-year programme that will work with local people to transform health in twenty of London's most disadvantaged neighbourhoods has got the go-ahead following a Big Lottery Fund (BIG) award.
The Groundwork playscape exhibit, in partnership with Play England, fought off stiff competition to win a prestigious Gold Award at this week's Hampton Court Flower Show. The exhibit, which demonstrates an innovative approach to designing local play spaces, was highly praised for its originality and the enthusiasm of all the team involved. It was also praised for the fantastic public response, who were said to love the idea of this genuinely playable landscape.
The latest newsletter from the London Biodiversity Partnership.
Groundwork's experience of working to tackle climate change will form part of two crucial events on the subject in May 2007.
Play environments have the power to fire our children's imagination, but many simply inhibit their mental and physical progress with sterile, risk-averse playgrounds. That's the message behind environmental charity Groundwork's latest campaign to bring natural play to neighbourhoods across the UK.
Investment in the local environment is returned with interest in benefits to the local economy, new research by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Groundwork has concluded in a report published today.
Barclays Spaces for Sports has made it two in a row after being awarded the Sport England Community Programme Award by Richard Caborn at the Sport Industry Awards.
Groundwork chief executive Tony Hawkhead has become a member of the LGA's newly formed Independent Climate Change Commission. This presents a huge opportunity both to strengthen our close working relationships and to influence local government.
Groundwork was asked to provide input and evidence for the Mayor of London's Street Tree Investigation.
Groundwork was asked to comment on Lantra's draft strategy for London.
Groundwork was asked to provide its thoughts on the Mayor's future Housing Strategy for London
Having been a supporter of the Green Grid concept from the start, Groundwork was asked to contribute to this Supplementary Planning Guidance.
Following Groundwork's lead role in testing the Mayor's 'Tomorrow's Suburbs' Toolkit, we were asked to contribute to the continued investigation into London's suburbs.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown has praised the role that Groundwork plays in regenerating neighbourhoods and promoting environmental concern in communities across the UK. The tribute came during the Chancellor's keynote speech entitled 'Climate change and the environment: meeting the challenge' to The Green Alliance on 12 March, co-sponsored by Groundwork and The Co-operative.
Groundwork is set to unveil the UK's largest indoor exhibition play space at the External Works 2007 Event on 17 - 19 April at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
This new publication from Groundwork describes some of the work we are doing in the Thames Gateway, as well as giving details of the services that we offer.
This publication describes our vision for, 'a city region of sustainable communities' and goes on to detail how we work, illustrated with case studies.
Groundwork London and the SAUL Partnership has secured an additional 750,000 of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) towards a 1.5 Million extension to its existing project.
Groundwork Trust's and Regional Office gain Level 1 Investors in Excellence marque
Over 150 planning professionals, politicians, and other interested parties, met in Amsterdam last week for the final conference of the Sustainable and Accessible Urban Landscapes (SAUL) project. This four year transnational programme has seen an international partnership working together to explore spatial planning solutions to the challenges of New Urban Landscapes' in major city regions across Europe.
Groundwork hosted a reception in Parliament to mark our 25th birthday with friends and supporters in Westminster and Whitehall.
This latest issue of Groundwork UK's quarterly magazine looks at the development of LAAs and reflects the reality of delivering the improvements for: children and young people, safer and stronger communities, health and well-being, and economic development.
The Sustainable Accessible Urban Landscapes (SAUL) programme will hold it's final conference in Amsterdam on the weekend of 27-29 June 2006.
Groundwork London tested the 'Tools for Making London's Suburbs More Sustainable' Toolkit in 7 pilot projects across London.
This publication from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister looks at the importance of urban green space and at how best to financially manage and plan it.