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you think of the places where you’d like to live and shop they
probably have one thing in common – the quality of the local
People seek out good quality green space and are willing to
pay extra to be near it - in fact it can boost
property values by 6% to 35%. Something similar also happens to
local businesses - those that are based in good quality local
environments have more customers and retain staff more easily.
However, the positive influence our green spaces have on the
local economy goes far beyond making an area more desirable.
Ask James McManus, a participant on Groundwork’s Quadron Green
Team, and he’d tell that traditional office based training wasn't
the best route for him. Having spent most of
his time working outside and looking to continue a career in
the sector, the Green Team was the perfect alternative. For
James, and many people like him, our urban oases are an
important and appropriate step back into
employment. (You can learn more about James' experience
and the project in this
Inside Housing article.)
Across the country we’ve found that green spaces are a vital
tool to help people into work by building confidence, developing
skills, providing experience and giving people their first
qualifications. Our parks and green spaces are also preparing us
for the future, giving people the skills they’ll need for a
greener economy. Employment
projects creating and improving urban oases are a
practical way of giving people the tools to get jobs and also
improve the environment and support
communities at the same time.
Working for you
Caring for and investing in our green spaces also
brings benefits that stop problems before they
start costing money to fix. For example:
All this means that your urban oasis is
the unsung hero of your local economy. Take action now to help ensure it can carry on
working for you.
See the Green Team employment programme in action. (Youtube video)
Fiona was employed by Groundwork on the Future Jobs Fund Scheme as a horticultural worker.
Our urban oases are an important tool for supporting people into work.
We work alongside communities, public bodies, private companies and voluntary sector organisations.
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Most of us have been working outside and we want
to stay outside. Put me in an office? No way - James McManus,
participant in employment programme