Create better places
Help us improve 1,000 green spaces by 2015 benefiting 1 million people.Help people like Irene.
Groundwork first met Irene in the Autumn of 2010 when she asked for our help to create a community garden in Hackney, where she lives.
"When you are in a big place or big building, you sometimes don’t even know the person who lives on the floor above or the floor below. Unless you have a family there’s nobody to talk to. But if you’ve got a space where you can sit and people come and talk to you and you can grow something… It just brings people together!"When Groundwork first visited Irene at her home, we soon realised that she was incredibly fond of her estate and her neighbours. With her wonderful sense of humour and gritty determination, this project was not to be taken lightly and we wanted to pull out all the stops to get it off the ground.
So through funding from our Vacant Lot Project and Transform in 2011, we were able to support Irene's dream for her and her neighbours. Groundwork and What If Projects Ltd, created 40 bespoke vegetable plots, converted old pram sheds into a tool sheds, chalk and noticeboards, provided a bank of tools to share, a full growing season of gardening sessions and supported the community to create a committee to run the garden long term.
But even when we had done this, there was no stopping Irene. She wondered if we knew how to change a boring wall into a mural, so Groundwork helped Irene apply for funding to Dulux and they now have a sunrise mural, designed and painted by the residents which brightens up the pathway through the estate.
A daily walk in the park reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes by a whopping 50%. Residents in high ‘greenery’ environments are 3 times as likely to take frequent physical exercise as those in the lowest greenery category. Most of us treasure our green spaces - 91% of us say they improve our quality of life.
Ways to Donate
Donate over the phone
Call 0121 236 8565 to make a credit/debit card donation.
You can also send a cheque to:
5 Scotland Street
Please make cheques payable to Groundwork UK