Since our announcement in May that we were awarded £495,000 from the National Lottery, eight communities have signed up for the funded support to begin their journey – which is brilliant! We are looking for a further 12 communities to sign up to join them.
The National Lottery funding was awarded provide a team of experts to help 20 communities in Hampshire to make impactful changes at a community level to tackle climate change. Guided by those experts, the programme will include taking measures to reduce energy use, explore health impacts related to climate change, waste prevention, promote more biodiversity in gardens and green spaces, and help for residents to grow their own food.
‘We are looking for communities who are passionate about reducing their impact on the environment’ said Terena Plowright, founder of the Greening Campaign. ‘If you feel your community wants to get ‘up and active’ to tackle climate change, then contact us or come along to one of the free information events we are running across the County during October and November’.
To ensure the success of their projects in Hampshire, the Greening Campaign has teamed up with Hampshire County Council, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and the sustainable gardening charity, Garden Organic. In addition, The University of Southampton will monitor and evaluate the work achieved. These partners will work alongside the Greening Campaign and the communities, using their expertise to help communities make a real difference.
Fiona Taylor, chief executive of sustainable gardening charity Garden Organic said, “encouraging biodiversity in your garden, ditching pesticides and single use plastics and growing your own food is a simple way to reduce environmental damage and play your part in tackling climate change”.
The Greening Campaign addresses climate change at a community level where everyone is included, and everyone has a role to play. Using specialist packs and support from the Greening Campaign and its expert partners, it uses a proven pathway to support communities to tackle all aspects of climate change uniquely making community action visible, championing action in every home, and getting the community motivated for change.
Over the last 15 years the not-for-profit Greening Campaign has helped over 200 communities make a measurable difference using its distinctive and trusted programme and carrying out its mission – Greening the Country, Community by Community.
If your community would like to light the spark and join those already on the journey, contact the Greening Campaign on firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or go to our Events page where you will find information about the free events.