The monthly newsletter for GreenSpace's Community Network.

Issue 23: October 2005

Park It! looking for parks and community groups for 2006

Learn to fundraise with eBay

Funding for parks from the Big Lottery Fund

BBC seeks ideas from charities for new TV series

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Summer of events comes to an end as Derby Arboretum celebrates a new lease of life

Sunday 18th September saw over 6,000 people gather to celebrate the grand re-opening of Derby Arboretum after its extensive HLF-funded restoration. Organised by the Friends of Derby Arboretum and Derby City Council, the day combined the best of Derby's homegrown hip-hop talent with kids' activities, workshops, food and drink and historical exhibitions to ensure there was something for everybody at this fun-packed event. Marking the park's 165th birthday of the Arboretum and recreating the original opening event of 1840, the event featured activities and attractions spread across the whole site. For a full review, visit

Park It! looking for parks and community groups for 2006 - one month to go!

There's one month to go to get your submission in if you'd like to be part of Park It! 2006. The team are currently looking for 12 parks, community groups and local authorities across the UK to work with next summer. Park It! will provide support, help and advice to put on community-led events across the country. The programme also provides funding to cover activities and the marketing of the event. To find out more, visit now where you will find all the information you need and make your submission.

Submissions must be received by 31st October 2005. Many thanks to those of you who have already made submissions to the programme. You should have received a confirmation email. Please contact Amanda Outen on 0118 946 9060 if you haven't. The team will be getting back to everyone who makes an application by the end of November 2005.

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New look to Community Green Place

As you will notice, we have redesigned the format of Community Green Place. The content is still the same, although it will hopefully be in a more readable format. As always, if you've got anything you'd like to see featured in a future issue, we'd love to hear from you!

A challenging but successful year

GreenSpace's latest annual report for 2004/2005 paints a positive picture of its achievements during the last financial year - of which one of the biggest has been the continued growth of conferences and training events - attracting over 900 delegates from the UK and abroad. The report also reflects on the award of charitable status in April 2005, which places the organisation in a far better position to ensure its long-term sustainability and allow it to use its new found charitable status to promote the value of parks and green spaces to the general public.

To download a copy of the 2004/2005 Annual Report, please go to

Last chance to Break Down the Barriers

The latest GreenSpace conference, focusing on access and inclusion in and around parks and green spaces, will take place at Bristol's Passenger Shed on the 11th October 2005.

This one-day conference will seek to assess the impact of the Disability Discrimination Act in relation to public service provision, look at real practical examples of how barriers to entry can be reduced, learn how access and inclusion can form part of a city-wide strategy and will provide a platform for open discussion, debate and the sharing of good practice.

The packed programme includes presentations from a range of expert speakers including the Access Association's Eamon McClelland, Black Environment Network's Judy Ling Wong and Catherine Robertson from the Women's Design Service.

Subsidised places for community groups, priced at £75 (inc VAT), are running out fast so to book your place at this exciting conference, please call the events team on 0118 946 9060 now.

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£90 million available in new parks fund from the Big Lottery Fund

In November 2005, the Big Lottery Fund will launch a Parks Programme with £90 million of funding available from a joint programme with the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Parks programme will aim to provide better parks which are accessible to all and relevant to the needs of their communities; increase community involvement and pride in parks; improve safety; increase the number of skilled rangers, conservation officers and volunteers; and ensure long-term maintenance and management by local authorities and communities. Updates will be available from the BLF website at

£264 million available for community spaces, community enterprise and access to the natural environment

Funding will be available from the Big Lottery Fund from November 2005 to fund community enterprise. There will be £264 million available. It will aim to improve the capacity of local communities to engage in local food growing, processing, distribution and land management. It will also look to improve knowledge of and access to healthier foods, reduce waste through recycling, composting and awareness raising and bring communities together, building community cohesion through sharing of food cultures.

This scheme will also aim to involve communities in creating, restoring or preserving wildlife rich spaces and improving access to these spaces, and creating the capacity for healthy living and education. Updates will be available from the BLF website at

Commission for Racial Equality opens latest funding round

Applications are now being invited for the 2006/7 round of the Commission for Racial Equality's (CRE) 'Getting Results' funding programme. Grants of up to £100,000 are available. The deadline for applications is Friday 4th November 2005. The CRE will be holding a series of seminars across Britain to assist local organisations with the application process. For more information, visit

Fundraising with eBay

The first book to address how to raise funds online using eBay has been published. Greg Holden and Jill M Finlayson have written a guide to raising "big money on the world's greatest online marketplace". The authors share details of how mainly US nonprofits have used eBay to raise funds, convert in-kind gifts to cash, and increase awareness for their cause. is currently selling the title for £16.99. For more information, go to

Children, Young People and Families Grant programme

This national grant programme funds voluntary organisations to do work of national significance that supports the outcomes of the 'Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme'. It aims to contribute to increasing stability in the voluntary and community sector by offering longer term funding. The programme is open to charities, or non-profit-making organisations set up and run on similar lines to a charity. The average grant value is £50,000. For more information, visit

Award to help sustainability in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

An award fund that aims to help the community and voluntary sector in Ireland achieve long term sustainability is now open for nominations. The Ulster Bank Sir George Quigley Award Fund is presented annually. Nominations for the award, which includes a cash payment, will be accepted until 17th October 2005. The Award is open to community or voluntary organisations working either within Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, or on a cross-Border basis. For further details, visit

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BBC seeks ideas from charities for new 'Hate it? Change it' TV series

The BBC Religion and Ethics department is looking for charities doing interesting or different work that could be featured in a new local action TV programme called 'Hate it? Change it'. The programme will take a whole community/street/group of families and see if they can really make a difference over a period of time such as six months. If you have any suggestions or think your charity or community group could offer an idea, please contact the production team on 0161 244 4183 or 07803 120 747, or email

Report calls for on-site parks staff

According to a new report out from CABE Space, the return of on-site parks staff is essential in getting people back into parks and will safeguard money spent on regeneration projects. The Government parks advisory body's new campaign, 'Parks need Parkforce', calls for urban parks to have daytime staff to encourage people back into green spaces hit by graffiti, vandalism and crime. The Royal Parks and nine local authorities have already committed to the idea and CABE Space hopes all parks authorities will eventually get on board. For more information, visit

Membership bonus for charities

Charities, community groups and voluntary groups across England can benefit from free membership to a national umbrella organisation. The offer by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) applies to small groups with incomes of less than £10,000 every year. The NCVO says the community membership includes benefits such as a 30% discount on publications and events, as well as discounts on computer software, insurance and utilities. For further information about the membership scheme of the NCVO visit

Britain's Park

SaltwellPark, Gateshead has won Britain's Best Parks 2005. Managed by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, the park was praised for its high standard of horticulture, wide range of facilities and its place as a centre for community activities. The prize for winning the competition, donated by the sponsor, petrol engine manufacturer, Briggs & Stratton is over £4,000 worth of lawn maintenance equipment, plus a commemorative plaque and attendant publicity. To find out more, visit

How to create a community garden

The public are being called upon to transform spaces in their community as part of Community Service Volunteers' (CSV) 'Make a Difference day' during the Year of the Volunteer. CSV and Barclays Community Investment Programme, have launched a 'how to create a community garden kit'. For more information, visit

Top DJ backs volunteering campaign

TimeBank is launching its Time2Share campaign with the help of BBC Radio 2 star Steve Wright, who will invite listeners to give up some time to make a difference where they live. The campaign, which is part of the Year of the Volunteer 2005, is also being supported by other celebrities including McFly, Jem and Donny Osmond. The volunteering opportunities could involve taking calls on a helpline, working with young people, sports coaching, creating charity websites or preserving the countryside. Time2Share will feature on Radio 2 throughout October, November and December. To find out more visit

How to…

The new 'How to…' programme by ODPM is a practical way of helping to improve your community. It offers clear advice and outlines innovative approaches to using tools that create cleaner, safer and greener communities. It is a valuable way of communicating lessons learnt, spreading best practice and creating a culture of innovation. Contact the 'How to…' team on to find out how they can help you take action or visit

Bringing natural values to community strategies

English Nature and London Wildlife Trust have published a booklet, 'London's Lifeforce - Bringing Natural Values to Community Strategies'. It shows how projects have connected social and environmental factors to bring natural values to community strategies. See for more details.

Record number of best parks and green spaces recognised

More parks than ever this year have been awarded Green Flag Awards, the national standard for parks and green spaces. The 322 Green Flag Award winners represent a 26% increase on the number of awards given last year. In addition, 42 community-run sites were awarded a Green Pennant Award, in the scheme which recognises high-quality green spaces that are managed by voluntary and community groups. Any green space in England and Wales that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for an award. For more information, visit

Standing on grass is shown to relieve stress

Standing barefoot on grass can ease the hassles of modern life, according to new research by the Plant for Life campaign. Through extensive research, psychologist Dr Aric Sigman has shown that standing barefoot on grass is a multi-sensory experience. It triggers deeply rooted associations with the smell and sound of nature and the vision of dense greenery. These associations are probably evolutionary and hard-wired into our nervous systems. To find out more, visit

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Second Birmingham Open Spaces conference

The conference will take place on Friday 11th November 2005, 9.30am - 4.30pm at the Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park. This year's conference will be concentrating on the issues around assessing and auditing Birmingham's open spaces as a basis for developing District management plans, staffing and contracts for the future. The conference is open to anyone interested in Birmingham's open spaces. To book your place, email before Friday 21st October. Attendance is free but places are limited.

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Edited by: Nick Ockenden

Written by: Amanda Outen

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