The Green Spaces Fund was established to support community-led projects that increase the amount and quality of accessible, nature-rich green space across Greater Manchester, particularly in the areas where people need it most.

Since the programme began in December 2022:

  • Over £1.9m has been awarded to 86 community projects across Greater Manchester
  • Nearly 50% of the projects were in areas of most need
  • Over 85,000m2 green space created and 500,000m2 green space improved

Leading the partnership

Groundwork’s role in the programme was to lead a partnership of environmental organizations who could each act as Green Space Fund Advisors.

Green Spaces Fund Advisors empowered grassroots community groups across Greater Manchester by providing tailored support throughout the application and project delivery process, ensuring sustainable environmental initiatives grew in targeted areas of need.

Groundwork Greater Manchester’s adviser, Abbie, supported community groups in Rochdale.

Design and build

Our fencing and landscaping team have supported a number of local projects, assisting with green space transformations.

At Newbold Community Growing Together, the team have plans to do a deep excavation for the area, as well as digging a soak away pit ahead of the installation of their new composting toilet!

Raising awareness about the fund

Our Communities team have also supported with engaging local people and raising awareness of the Green Spaces Fund projects. From nature crafts to climate action talks, we’ve provided our services to projects at Westcroft Community Centre, Smithfield Residents’ Group and Deeplish Community Centre.

Featured projects

Petrus Community Allotment, Rochdale

Petrus is a charity that helps people at risk of homelessness in Rochdale. Thanks to support from our team and funding from the Green Spaces Fund, they can now provide more opportunities to the people they work with to connect them with nature in their new and improved community allotment.

Their team of dedicated volunteers have made some fantastic improvements to their outdoor space which will attract a more diverse mix of wildlife and provide more opportunities for visitors.

Vitality Gardens, Tameside

The residents of Vitality Gardens in Hattersley were fed up with an unused space in their neighbourhood that had become nothing but a hotspot for flytipping. They had a vision of a community greenspace where people could come together and socialise and we were lucky enough to work with them to completely transform the space.

Our landscaping team and a group of fantastic and dedicated local volunteers cleared the overgrowth, built raised planters, a new pathway and a polytunnel for food growing.

Burnside Centre, Middleton

The Burnside Centre is a charity which helps to connect people of all ages in the community and offer them a safe space to relax, socialise and take part in a range of indoor and outdoor activities.

To support their ambitions, centre manager Kerry used the funding to create a beautiful green space from an unused area of land on the side of their building. Designing the space in collaboration with students from the Manchester School or Architecture, the area is now home to recycled wooden modules, raised planters, bird boxes and more!

What people said about Groundwork’s support…

“I really want to say the whole support has been amazing, Lydia was great and now Abigail has been more than supportive. I want to thank the team and believe you have a great team culture which you should be proud of, not many funders can say the same!”

Rochdale charity Become United

“There was no money available to help with this so we looked at various funding streams and found the GMEF was an ideal match. We worked with Abigail Williams, the fund advisor for Rochdale, throughout the application process, and I have to say she is awesome.”

Falinge Park for the ‘Daisy Roots and Welly Boots’ project

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