NEWS: Groundwork partners with Firethorn Trust to deliver community programmes throughout the UK

Groundwork and real estate developer, Firethorn Trust, enter partnership to launch a £300,000 initiative to support local communities in six locations linked to current Firethorn developments.

The six community projects take a holistic approach to the needs of local communities – supporting education and environment programmes, boosting employment and upskilling opportunities and tackling the challenges of food poverty.

The initiative will allow Groundwork to delivery projects to  communities in Leighton Buzzard, Peterborough, Ellesmere Port, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Barnsley and Northampton:

  • Increasing capacity at a food hub in Leighton Buzzard, to engage more of the local community and produce more food to support those living in food poverty.
  • A family Wild Play programme in Peterborough, delivering outdoor natural play to families who would benefit from encouragement to use and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Supporting ‘Nature Friendly’ schools in Ellesmere Port, enabling them to make better use of the environment in curriculum delivery, creating dedicated spaces in school grounds and providing support and resources for teachers to confidently plan and deliver activities outside the school gates.
  • Delivering a three-part activity programme in Sherburn-in-Elmet and Barnsley focused on the environment, skills and employment, developing Green Skills for children, young people and adults through education, training and work experience.
  • Funding the creation of a community hub garden in Northampton, for training, food growing and food distribution locally, providing a vital resource for local communities.

We’re really excited to be working with Firethorn Trust on this partnership and look forward to supporting local community projects that encourage greener choices and improve people’s future prospects.

Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive at Groundwork UK

As a responsible developer, we are committed to delivering significant social and economic benefits to the local communities in which we build. Our new partnership with Groundwork will enable us to actively engage with communities on the ground, to help deliver long-term projects that can make a tangible difference.

Chris Webb, Partner at Firethorn Trust

From equipping young people with Green Skills and engaging school children with nature to helping to tackle social inequality and food poverty, these six projects will provide touch-points of support for communities at every level. We are truly motivated by the aims and ambition of each project and look forward to working closely with Groundwork teams across the UK as we embark on this new partnership.

Peter Mather, Partner at Firethorn Trust