Posts Tagged ‘Urban Oasis’

Community Spaces survey complete

Posted on 9th May 2012 by

RHS Cardiff Urban OasisMany thanks to all Community Spaces groups who completed our recent survey to find out what you want from an event we are planning to help you to get the most from your project and to develop the fantastic work you are already doing in communities across England.

We have sifted the hundreds of replies and are now about to start work on designing the event, taking into account your views on venue, timing, content etc. As soon as firm decisions have been made, we will let you know.

The event will be an opportunity to share experiences, learn from experts and celebrate your achievements.

Everyone who completed the survey was in with a chance of winning two tickets to one of this year’s Royal Horticultural Society shows at Chelsea, Gardeners’ World Live in Birmingham and Hampton Court Palace.

The winners, chosen at random from the completed entries, are:

Lesley Jones from the Friends of Calder Holmes Park in West Yorkshire

Gardeners’ World Live
Robin Lock from the Friends of Myton Pool in Warwickshire
Jeni Penfold from the Lyn Arts & Craft Society in Devon

Hampton Court Palace
George Jackson from the Ellington Pond Management Committee in Northumberland
Della Langman from the Warton Village Society in Lancashire

Congratulations to all the winners – and here’s hoping the sun shines!

Groundwork, which manages Community Spaces on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund, has a major presence at all the RHS shows this year as part of its Operation Groundwork 30th anniversary celebrations.

Groundwork is presenting a series of Urban Oasis gardens, designed by Chris Beardshaw, with the aim of showing how even the most unloved and neglected areas can be turned into valuable green spaces.

You can find out more about Operation Groundwork here.  And if you are attending any of the shows at Malvern, Chelsea, Birmingham, Hampton Court and Tatton Park, do drop by the Urban Oasis stand and say hello.

Operation Groundwork

Posted on 23rd April 2012 by

You may already have heard, but Groundwork is celebrating its 30th anniversary of changing place and changing lives with a major campaign to increase awareness, recruit volunteers and raise cash to help our projects across the country.

There’s heaps of information on the Operation Groundwork website, but as a taster here’s a rather funky animation to give you a flavour of what we do – and how you can become a part of it.

To Love & to Cherish

Posted on 28th April 2011 by
Wedding takes place at Community Spaces funded Eastcote Gardens in London
The time has come for us all to love and to cherish our green spaces for better and for worse! As the vows are being said in Westminster Abbey tomorrow, Groundwork is reminding us all to renew our vows to green spaces across the country and sign up to the Urban Oasis campaign.

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New iPhone App to Celebrate Urban Oases

Posted on 1st April 2011 by

Orange Do Some Good

Orange’s Do Some Good app is helping Groundwork create a map of Britains best loved Urban Oases.

Wouldn’t it be great if – wherever you were – you could tap into local knowledge to find hidden oases and get recommendations from the people that know them best? Thanks to Orange that’s exactly what Groundwork will be creating – all that’s needed now is a little help from you.

We know hundreds of you have been using Community Spaces funding to create your own green open spaces. And now is the time to make them shine! Simply download the app to your iPhone and upload a picture of your project site. Don’t forget to include a comment and mention Community Spaces fund!

To help out all you need is an iPhone, 5 minutes and the free Do Some Good app. For more information about Do Some Good, click here. To find out more about Mobile Volunteering, click here.

Have you signed up?

Posted on 17th March 2011 by

Groundwork has launched the Urban Oasis campaign to create a voice for much-loved parks and public spaces across the country that will, no doubt, be facing a budget cut in the new financial year.

We know you all love your open spaces, which is why soo many of you are working to improve or create your own oases using funding from Community Spaces.

If you haven’t done so already, please take five minutes to register your support for our campaign, see:–learning/urbanoasis.aspx