This is a three-year project with the following aims:
To consult whereby people can input to decisions about
what is done with greenspaces near to them.
2. To create new ways to engage people who have previously
not had an interest in the environment, such as through
using photography, film and other media, and fun leisure
activities such as night walks and bug hunts.
3. To involve in the hands-on management of the space
by doing practical conservation volunteering.
4. To provide opportunities for volunteers to access
accredited and non-accredited training in both conservation
and media subjects.
involved in the project will be introduced to the
beautiful areas in and around Ipswich that Greenways
and their volunteers already care for, as well as
working to improve some of the small, neglected green
spaces in other areas.
not targeting specific communities, the project is working
geographically on Greenways greenspaces in areas that
contain many of the Natural England target groups, in
order to help meet their outcomes, e.g. areas that are
on the Index of Multiple Deprivation, areas with higher
proportions of BME residents and in further engaging
people with disabilities. The main sites the project
is focussing on are Alderman Canal and River Gipping,
Stoke Park, Belstead Brook, Triangle Estate. They will
also aim to work in Whitton and have flexibility to
work in up to 3 other areas if suitable ones are identified
in the future.
The ultimate aim is that by the end of the project they
will have created a legacy of motivated people across
communities who realise the value of their local natural
environment and have the tools and training to continue
caring for it. Since the start of the project they have
run numerous events and activities, and participated
in many more with partners, from River Cleanup day to
half-term family fun days, photography walks to Vegetable
Olympics, boardwalk building to Festive Crafts. The
project has engaged over 400 people, a number of whom
have now become regular volunteers. In the coming year
they are looking to build on the success of these events
with more of the same, plus an increased focus on training,
moving people into conservation volunteering, and improving
Access to Nature Ipswich Project Manager, CSV Ipswich
120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS