Many 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.