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2018 London Tree & Woodland Awards is now open – deadline for nominations is 18th May 2018

2018 London Tree & Woodland Awards is now open. The list of categories is below – further details on the awards and category criteria can be found on the awards webpage.

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Groundwork – Our Space Award

Our Space Award

The Our Space Award is a grant scheme that aims to help Londoners green their city through active community engagement and participation. It will support Londoners of all ages and backgrounds, communities and schools in improving community open spaces, making them inclusive places for all to enjoy.

Who do we help?

We help community groups of three or more people who meet regularly. Your group does not have to be formally arranged or constituted, but it does need to put energy and enthusiasm into your project, and your group needs to be based in London. We support improvement projects across all types of open space – in parks, on housing estates, in town centres, in woodlands and in school grounds.

What support is available?

We offer three tiers of grants going from £500 all the way up to £5,000:

    • Small grants of £500 up to £1,000;
    • Standard grants of £1,000 up to £3,000; and
    • Flagship grants of £3,000 to £5,000.

When should my project take place?

We expect to inform applicants to the first round that they have been successful in June, with project activities to be completed in September, when monitoring information will be due.

How to apply

Applications are now open. The deadline for this round is 30 April 2018.

Download the guidance information and application form.
The dates of the second round are yet to be decided, but we anticipate the application window to be open from June to August and project activities to take place from September through to December.

If you have any questions about applying or about the grant scheme, we’re here to help. Please get in touch with Martin Petry: martin.petry@groundwork.org.uk | 020 7239 1292

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Some information about Groundwork’s Our Space Award

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Our Space Award

The Our Space Award is a grant scheme that aims to help Londoners green their city through active community engagement and participation. It will support Londoners of all ages and backgrounds, communities and schools in improving community open spaces, making them inclusive places for all to enjoy.

Who do we help?

We help community groups of three or more people who meet regularly. Your group does not have to be formally arranged or constituted, but it does need to put energy and enthusiasm into your project, and your group needs to be based in London. We support improvement projects across all types of open space – in parks, on housing estates, in town centres, in woodlands and in school grounds.

What support is available?

We offer three tiers of grants going from £500 all the way up to…

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Mayow Park Bat Walk

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Nature’s Gym Programme April-June 2018

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116 3 Rivers Clean Up in Manor Park 2017

Please find attached the new Nature’s Gym programme for April – June 2018. You will notice a couple of changes on this programme and more information about this will follow over the coming months.

You will also see that it that time of year when we get in to the river a lot to clear Himalayan balsam and litter. For those of you that have not been with us for very long or who have not been on a wade before, more information about the 3 Rivers Clean Up can be found on the website. You will also find other events taking place over the 3 weeks that you might be interested in.

Please note that all 3 Rivers Clean Up sessions require booking, even if you are a regular volunteer.

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Hedgehog Discovery Day at Sydenham Hill Wood – Sunday 8 April

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Hedgehog Discovery Day ©London Wildlife Trust Hedgehog Discovery Day

Join the London Wildlife at Sydenham Hill Wood for fun, family friendly activities and learn all about hedgehogs.

Take home a clay hedgehog, tackle the footprint challenge, and see if you can make it to the end of our hedgehog survival game!

Learn more about our hedgehog project, and how you can discover if there are hedgehogs where you live.

Location: The big clearing along the Green Chain Walk/old railway path, Sydenham Hill Wood
Date: Sunday 8th April
Time: 11am-3pm

This is a free event as part of London Wildlife Trust’s Urban Urchins project.

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The Horrifying Truth About Hedgehogs – Hedgehog numbers halved since millennium

The Horrifying Truth About Hedgehogs
Hedgehog numbers halved since millennium

There are lots of ways to help our hedgehogs (Photo: northeastwildlife.co.uk)
Hedgehogs, Erinaceus europaeus, are a woodland edge species that also make use of hedgerows and suburban gardens. The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report, from People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, says Britain has lost half its hedgehogs in less than two decades. The main causes are habitat loss and lack of landscape-scale connectivity.

Woodland edge and hedgerow destruction and poor management are major contributing factors in hedgehog decline, causing habitat loss and reducing macroinvertebrates available for food. The use of pesticides on farmland and garden plots can have detrimental impacts on hedgehogs and their food supply. In urban areas the use of impermeable fencing, loss of compost heaps and increasing development are other major issues.
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