Groundwork has been successful in securing a grant to deliver the Natural Neighbourhoods programme. In Yorkshire we will be focusing on 7 different sites to protect and enhance parks and green spaces that matter to local communities, to tackling a decline in the amount and quality of accessible green space in towns with high levels of deprivation; country parks in urban fringe areas; pockets of public space in isolated rural communities. We will connect more people with nature, promote volunteering to improve health and wellbeing.

The core aims of the Natural Neighbourhoods programme are to:

  • Deliver environmental renewal in urban parks and green spaces that serve disadvantaged communities
  • Improve the employment prospects of unemployed people living in places suffering from the economic downturn, through structured volunteering placements, practical skills development, and training
  • Support young people to enter roles in land management and environmental renewal through traineeship roles supported by the DWP Kickstart scheme for young people at risk of long term unemployment

At Groundwork Yorkshire we will be delivering the project in the following locations.

  • Springhead Park Golf course
  • Whitwood Golf course
  • Fryston Country Park
  • Frickley Country Park
  • Rabbits Ings County Park
  • North Hill Wood
  • Whitehall pocket park.

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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.