Starting in March 2013, Greening Wingrove began working with partners, local residents and others to help develop activities and opportunities to promote and support the overall aims of the project.
- Reviving community places – The former bowling Pavilion in Nuns Moor Park has been given a new lease of life as a developing community garden and events space called the Bike Garden, through partnership with Sustrans and Go Smarter and Big Lottery funding. Business plans and funding bids are being developed to look at future opportunities. Find out more HERE
- Action on litter – Mobilising more residents in challenging the litter and waste problems in parts of the Wingrove area, together with engaging the City Council in a conversation about how we might all work more effectively together to make Wingrove cleaner. Find out more HERE
- Community Innovation Fund – A fund available in the first four years of the project, inviting bids from resident and community groups to try out their own ideas, that engage the community in promoting the themes of Greening Wingrove. Find out more HERE
- Volunteering – Opportunities available with the project and partner organisations, on many themes, including gardening, becoming a Board member, joining the Green Clean team, adopting a plot and more. Find out more HERE
- Greening and food growing – There have been lots of streets planted around the area, including the successful establishment of a heritage orchard in Nuns Moor Park (visit the Community Orchard page for more info) and funding from The Big Tree plant for 1400 new trees. More people have been encourage to grow their own food through supporting The Time Exchange‘s food growing initiatives, including a free plants and seeds list for residents, community events, upkeep of street planters. Vertical Veg Street has also been a hugely popular food growing programme getting residents to think creatively in how to use the small space in front of their homes to grow food. Read more HERE
- Saving energy – Community energy surveys, development of ESOL Energy resources, working with the Wise Group to bring in a dedicated Energy Advisor to carry out home visits, including using thermal imaging equipment, help anyone experiencing fuel poverty issues, helping residents to understand their energy bills betters and more. Find out more HERE
- Green Gems Network – capital funding available to community venues identified throughout the Wingrove area to demonstrate a variety of ‘green’ measures ranging from building insulation to water capture displays to innovative educational/awareness raising displays. Some of the community buildings and organisations that have been involved in this work have included, URC Robert Stewart Memorial Church, Time Exchange, Edible Cycles, The Bike Garden, CHAT Trust, Wingrove Primary School.
- Future of Nuns Moor Park – Greening Wingrove has helped to establish a Friends of Nuns Moor Park Group, concerned with the park’s future, exploring ways it can be kept a beautiful space, enjoyed by all the community. New members, always welcome. Find out more HERE
- Events – Family-friendly and open to all, including Garden Festivals, Apple Days and Spring events. The Greening Wingrove CIC also hosted BBC Radio 4’s famous Gardeners’ Question Time programme in March 2015. Visit the events calendar HERE to see what’s up and coming
- Training opportunities – Covering a wide array of topics, offering learning opportunities in informal friendly settings. Past opportunities have included – Love Food Hate Waste, bee-keeping, video training, food growing, energy efficiency, upcycling, teaching courses and much more.