Groundwork is improving three sites in Cambridgeshire as part of the Natural Neighbourhoods Green Recovery project, in partnership with Huntingdonshire District Council.

When and where are the projects?

We will be running 3 projects to finish by 31 March 2022:

  • Project 1 – The Thicket, St Ives, Cambridgeshire – pathway management and installation of handrails, drainage work, woodland clearance conservation work, planting of native bulbs and saplings, installation of a bench to benefit the community. (project complete)
  • Project 2 – Huntingdon Riverside Park – removing fencing, creating pathways and new hard standing areas where we will be replacing old benches with new benches, planting bulbs and constructing raised flower beds, replacement of an access gate and restoration of bridges. (project complete)
  • Project 3 – St Ives, Cambridgeshire – planting more trees for St Ives! Create animal habitats, improve pathways and undertake general conservation work to improve our local parks.

Can I apply?

If you are over the age of 16, have an interest in environmental conservation work and engaging with nature, then yes! You can develop skills in land management and conservation as well as improve your team working skills and boost your employability. You’ll also improve your mental and physical wellbeing and develop confidence.

How do I apply?

Apply now

More information

For more information on the sites or what the courses will involve, contact Andrea Finbow on 07736 132497.

More about Natural Neighbourhoods

Natural Neighbourhoods is a targeted programme of support, run by community charity Groundwork, to help young and unemployed people in disadvantaged areas of the Midlands and the North, that have been disproportionality effected by Covid-19, towards employment.

The programme will create jobs and develop a programme of environmental traineeships that will help improve and protect local parks and greenspaces that matter to local people.

Natural Neighbourhoods will encourage existing and new local volunteers to get involved with local projects – working alongside local landowners – to support the enhancement and quality of accessible greenspace in local communities.

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.