School volunteer Kath Pickard was talking to a dinner lady one day about the derelict area at the back of the school. It had been left as a tip – full of rubble left over from nearby building work. Together they decided to take on the challenge of transforming it into a school garden. It…

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Junior school Ysgol Egsob Morgan in Denbighshire, Wales, has run an Eco Club for five years. Pupils grow a wide array of vegetables and have planted over 800 trees on the school site. Teacher Richard Hatwood told us that all activities are led by the children and they are represented on the Eco Committee. They…

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Twelve neighbours on a terraced road near the Lake District were at a loss as to what to do with their front gardens. Each house had one of twelve long, thin strips of land outside. And then they had an idea – why not join the twelve gardens together? So they did. They now have…

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Residents in Annie Street, Salford did not have front gardens – the space at the front of the houses was occupied by a concrete alleyway. Bit by bit, they started planting up the outside, and have now adopted the entire passage and made it into makeshift front gardens. They have planted fruit trees and shrubs…

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Footprints Women’s Centre has been helping women and children for 22 years. It is based in the Colin Neighbourhood of Northern Ireland, a disadvantaged area with a high proportion of single parents with children under five. Footprints operates as a social enterprise, and has developed a food growing project modelled on the Transition Towns movement.…

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Toxteth in Liverpool has become increasingly derelict and unoccupied since the riots in the 1980s. Helen Hebden lives in the Granby Triangle, a group of four streets that is heavily unoccupied. Ten years ago, some remaining residents decided to take control of the area by planting and greening-up the voids. They spruced up their own…

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Woodlands Community Garden has been built by the community for the community. Over the last four years they have transformed a derelict site into a thriving outdoor community centre. Much of the space is dedicated to raised beds, where members can grow their own veg, herbs and fruit. They hold community events to bring people…

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To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the start of the war, on 4th August, we launched a new Commemoration Street campaign category for the best display of poppies. Ray Wilson, a resident of Ivybridge in South Hams, Devon, decided he wanted to do something in his local community to mark the Centenary celebrations. He’s an…

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