“We make it our purpose to find those who need our help, and make sure they have access to support that enhances and improves their life.” We’re a small, hugely impactful charity, established over 20 years ago by locals who saved our site of 30+ allotment plots from development. Based in St Ann’s, deprived inner-city Nottingham, where access to outdoor space is limited, and significant inequalities exist. Our small staff team and 70+ dedicated volunteers, strive to ensure no-one is disadvantaged by their circumstances. We’re led by a Board of principally local people, and regularly consult via our beneficiary Steering Group of 10.
Our unique and engaging green spaces offer a range of local opportunities including: • The Orchard (large open space, campfire, ponds, nature walks, fruit trees, strawbale building) - monthly community open/activity days, nature play based toddler and after school groups, community meal events, fruit picking days. • Growing to Grow (community allotment, greenhouses, classroom) – twice weekly volunteer harvest sessions, community gardening, cooking learning events, free fresh food produce. • Urban Nature (educational, relaxing ‘wild’ nature conservation space) – community nature and wildlife walks, twice monthly volunteer maintenance and nature learning sessions, open community sessions to relax and ‘escape’. • Heritage Gardens (Grade 2* listed heritage site) – community open events, history talks and tours, volunteer maintenance, and growing sessions. Our free activities lead to improved mental and physical well-being, strengthened family/community relationships, reduced inequalities, social isolation and exclusion, and increased life skills and confidence. ‘“What do I get? - Wellbeing, pride, company, continuity, learning, companionship, purpose, meeting others, exercise, to be in this magical place”.