Groundwork has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Marks & Spencer, helping the retailer to make its Plan A environmental policy a reality.
Two major projects, Greener Living Spaces and @myurbangreen, have seen places transformed and communities given the confidence to make the changes they want to see in their neighbourhoods.
Greener Living Spaces
Greener Living Spaces, a major UK-wide programme of environmental improvement projects, was funded by M&S from the 1.85p profit realised from the 5p food carrier bag charging scheme. More than 100 parks, play areas and public gardens around the UK were improved and more than 10,000 people were involved in local projects, along with a further 1,200 M&S employees.
@myurbangreen has helped communities to shape the development, maintenance and management of their local green spaces.
Groundwork green space co-ordinators, funded by M&S, have given more than 5,000 community volunteers the skills to act on local issues, recruit volunteers and design and deliver activities and events to raise the profile of their work.
Spark Something Good
Spark Something Good brought together staff, stores and customers to make a real difference. Alongside other charities and a range of other activitiess, M&S staff and customers got involved in their community through environmental improvement projects with Groundwork.
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Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business at M&S said:
"There is no better delivery partner in this field than Groundwork. They have a first class network of people on the ground. That's been hugely beneficial to M&S; together we've delivered 100 Greener Living Spaces and a legacy programme that is engaging communities and changing the face of green space across the UK."