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About this toolkit

“Before the park was created it was just concrete. We've met so many people that we didn't know before. So we've built a community by having the park here.” - Lorraine, Abbs Cross community garden.

Improving shared community spaces often has environmental, social and ecomomic benefits that go beyond the phsycial project itself. Above all it brings people together around shared goals and objectives and can be the catalyst for wider change for the better. More often than not it's this community-led approach that the best way to create a project with lasting impact.

The catch? The process can look complex and many people are unsure where to start. The aim of this site is to bring together information about the benefits of these spaces to help you justify the investment to funders, a step-by-step guide to help you get your project off the ground and the latest developments around funding opportunities and other news.

So whether you're planning to create or improve a park, playground, school grounds, community garden or other community space this site should help you turn your plans into reality.


This site was created by Groundwork. We're a charity that works across the UK helping people to make better greener places, improve people's prospects and promote greener living and working.