Our Green Space, a Cumbria-wide project was developed and managed in partnership by Friends of the Lake District (FLD) and Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT).

It was funded by the Heritage Lottery ‘Your Heritage’ grant scheme and Friends of the Lake District and run with the support of many other individuals and organisations. The project employed two part time Project Officers and initially ran from January 2008 to December 2010 but was subsequently extended to December 2011.

Green Infra-structure

First steps on the green funding trail

First steps on the green funding trail

This guide is aimed specifically at Cumbrian Parish and Town Councils and other constituted groups who are trying to access funding for environmental work on community sites.
We hope it will also be of value to registered charities, which also have access to many other sources of funding in addition to those described here.
Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit

Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit

Since December 2008 a project steering group including Natural Economy Northwest, the Northern Way, Natural England, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, Design for London and Tees Valley Unlimited, has been working with consultants (Genecon LLP) with support from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the three Regional Development Agencies in the North of England, Advantage West Midlands and the London Development Agency on the development of a valuation framework for assessing the potential economic and wider returns from investment in green infrastructure and environmental improvements.

Now that the project is complete, the Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit is being made available as a prototype and free open source resource.

Greenspace Scotland Omnibus Survey

Greenspace Scotland Omnibus Survey

In 2004 Greenspace Scotland commissioned Progressive to carry out research to investigate the Scottish urban population’s use of greenspaces and their attitudes towards the availability and quality of them in their communities.

Its our space

Its our space

All over the country, community groups are becoming involved in improving outdoor spaces. Over the past few years, a range of grants and funding programmes have been made available for this purpose. With the help of the Big Lottery Fund and other funding bodies this looks set to continue. The government is keen for community groups to have greater control over how the local environment is managed and improved.
Management Plan Template

Management Plan Template

Management Plan Template - to help you develop your own management plan for a local green space.
Need/evidence for the OGS project and why the future of open green spaces should be a priority withi

Need/evidence for the OGS project and why the future of open green spaces should be a priority withi

The Our Green Spaces workshop for strategic players and policy makers in June asked for a paper to be produced to show why green spaces are important and show the evidence of need for action. This paper would then be used to help lobby for a higher profile for action to help protect and manage green spaces. This paper attempts to summarise some of the evidence.
North West Green Infrastructure Guide

North West Green Infrastructure Guide

The North West Green Infrastructure Guide has been prepared to support the Green Infrastructure Policy in the North West Regional Spatial Strategy(RSS) by providing more detailed information on the concept of GreenInfrastructure (GI) than appears in RSS and to provide initial guidance on producing a Green Infrastructure Plan.
Play Time: Urban Greenspace fact sheet 4

Play Time: Urban Greenspace fact sheet 4

Linking Play to Greenspace Through play, children learn to understand both themselves, and society and the world around them. Play is a vital function which helps them to learn and develop.
The Economic Value of Green Infrastructure - Natural Economy North West

The Economic Value of Green Infrastructure - Natural Economy North West

This publication is the result of a partnership between the Northwest Regional Development Agency and Natural England. Together they commissioned reports by ECOTEC and AMION, designed to help practitioners make the case for investment in green infrastructure.
Underneath the arc

Underneath the arc

The Marsh Street Arches and Garden Project is a community-led project designed to transform a section of derelict council owned land into a community garden and to develop and use four adjacent railway arches.