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Stepping Stones Team
Dept. of Development
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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Stepping Stones to Nature

Stepping Stones to Nature was a successful 4 year project started in November 2009 to get more Plymouth residents enjoying our parks and natural spaces in and around the city.

Made possible by a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Access to Nature programme the project was led by Plymouth City Council in partnership with community, environmental and voluntary sector organisations with public health and education bodies.  

Stepping Stones aimed to:

  • Make at least six local green spaces in Plymouth more welcoming, safer and better used by improving entrances, paths and signs together with local residents
  • Tell more people about the parks, nature reserves and other green and coastal spaces that Plymouth has to offer, how to get there and what activities you can do in them
  • Organise a range of fun, free outdoor activities to connect local people with natural spaces and get them active and healthy
  • Support improved ways for green space managers, and community and health professionals to work together
  • Run a research programme to report on changes created by the project and help us make them long lasting

The project created a lasting legacy of improved natural spaces and a new network of local people and organisations enjoying nature, involved in its care and sharing best practice.