Groundwork Greater Manchester

Groundwork Greater Manchester is working to create a greener, more resilient city region with stronger, healthier communities, responsible businesses and enhanced prospects for all local people.

We specialise in the following services and are committed to creating added social value through our delivery:

  • Community engagement
  • Landscape design & build
  • Training & coaching for employment
  • Early intervention to support health & wellbeing
  • Safe & sustainable business support

We operate across all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester out of four offices; Trafford, Rochdale, Tameside & Wigan.

For general enquiries please email greatermanchester@groundwork.org.uk or call our Trafford office switchboard on 0161 220 1000.

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Our Mission

By 2023 we want to create a sustainable and resilient future for people, places and businesses in Greater Manchester by delivering a range of high quality services and by championing a multi-sector partnership approach.

We will focus our efforts by:

  • Supporting young people to bounce back
  • Supporting greener growth
  • Facilitating the power of communities to respond to the climate & nature emergencies

Our social value policy

Click the image below to read more about our Groundwork Greater Manchester 2018-2023 Vision.

Examples of our work

We’ve worked on a wide range of projects over the past 30 years, please see the links below for some of our more recent projects:

Community engagement 

Case Study: Engaging the Ferry Road Community to Develop a Sustainable & Valued Community Green Space

Case Study: Engaging the West Gorton Community with Nature Based Design Solutions

Case Study: Improving social and physical connections in Collyhurst

Case Study: Connecting Young People in Manchester with the River Irk

Case Study: Providing alternative education through Forest School provision

Landscape design & build

Case Study: Designing Age UK’s Dementia Friendly Garden in Tameside

Case Study: Removing a weir to improve the water quality of the River Irwell

Case Study: Creating a community growing site in Rochdale

Early intervention to support health & wellbeing

Case Study: Tackling Social Isolation for over 50’s in Bury


For more information about volunteering opportunities with Groundwork Greater Manchester, whether as part of our project work or at our nature sites, please see the link below:


Values & Accreditations

Groundwork Greater Manchester supports communities to make a difference where it’s needed most; and together we work to improve and protect the local environment that we share.

We embed environmental management into our day-to-day operations which is externally verified through our ISO14001:2015 certification and Carbon Literate Organisation silver award.

We are collaborative, show integrity and strive for quality in everything we do, which is evidenced through our ISO9001:2015 certification.

In addition, we also hold certifications for:

  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Investors in People Silver
  • Matrix
  • CHAS
  • Constructionline Silver

GM accreditations


Groundwork Greater Manchester is a registered charity governed by a board of trustees, all of whom have declared their interests here. The only borough not covered by this board is Wigan, who is managed by Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside.

Annual reports for Groundwork Greater Manchester can be viewed via the Companies House website here.

If you require more information on the Greater Manchester board of trustees please contact michael.ormerod@groundwork.org.uk

For Wigan, please contact adarron@groundwork.org.uk


Please click the document below to read our safeguarding statement and for information on our designated safeguarding leads.

Safeguarding Statement

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Groundwork Greater Manchester is committed to encouraging equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and all areas of its activities. Read our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion policy below:

Equality Diversity Inclusion Policy

Privacy Policy

The below privacy notice is made available to all our stakeholders to explains how Groundwork Greater Manchester collect, manage, update and protect all personal or business information.

Groundwork GM – General Privacy Statement

Groundwork Greater Manchester’s nominated Data Processors/Data Controllers are Mike Ormerod & Gary Cunningham

Management Team

Groundwork GM - SLT