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New Green Community Hubs project launched

24 October 2023
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Three areas of Plymouth are set to benefit from a new community-focussed nature project.

Devonport, Central Park, and the west of the city, specifically Keyham and Weston Mill, will be part of the Green Community Hubs project with each assigned a new team made up of a National Trust ranger and a Council officer.

They will be friendly faces out and about in communities and will work alongside businesses and social enterprises, local residents, schools, and community groups to understand how their green spaces can be improved and will support them to make it happen.

The team will offer a range of free, nature-themed events like green skills sharing sessions and volunteering opportunities as well as community gardening, wildlife meadow creation, guided nature walks and tree planting. There will be something for everyone.

Through the Green Community Hubs project, not only will people have the chance to get out and about and feel more connected with nature on their doorstep, but it will also mean that nature spaces across the hubs are improved for wildlife, too. Good for people, good for wildlife!

Councillor Tom Briars-Delve, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “This is great news, and I am really pleased to see this project come to fruition.

“This project really builds on all of the excellent work that has already happened in the city to connect people with wildlife.

“The activities offered will be so beneficial in helping people shape the nature spaces around them.”

Green Community Hubs is building on the work of the Green Minds project and is a partnership project between Plymouth City Council, National Trust, Devon Wildlife Trust, Real Ideas Organisation, and Zebra Collective.

It is a pilot project funded through a combination of grants and contributions, including support from Heritage Lottery Fund Urban Nature Development Grant and Natural England.

Keen to find out more or get involved? Visit www.greenmindsplymouth.com/greenhubs where we will be posting all our events and opportunities.