Empowering people to improve their green spaces, enhance their environment, and boost wellbeing.
Since June 2013 Bromley Green Gym has been working to transform underutilised College Green & Slip into a wildlife garden. The potential of this space is enormous and funding has been secured from the Pocket Parks programme to create new wildlife habitats; build features for growing edible plants; provide areas to relax; and create educational spaces. We need your help to train Bromley Green Gym volunteers to carry out this practical work, and empower them to manage the park for years to come!
Bromley Green Gym gathers volunteers from a range of ages, cultures, backgrounds and abilities to work together on a common goal - improving their local environment! Volunteers also improve their health, wellbeing and gain transferable skills. Over this next phase, from April 2014 to March 2015, volunteers will be recruited, trained and supported to manage the space independently. The resulting self-sustaining group will provide long-term benefits for the community and local conservation.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
College Green & Slip is located just minutes away from Bromley Town Centre. By recruiting local volunteers to help transform this underused park into a vibrant wildlife garden for the community, we’ll be creating a hands-on learning experience, encouraging a feeling of community and a closeness to nature in this most urban of environments
Bromley Green Gym is an inclusive environment where people feel valued. It will tackle health inequalities through innovative partnerships with health services in Bromley.
By facilitating the development of a community group with the necessary resources and training to independently manage and improve their local pocket park we are helping to create a resilient community that is knowledgeable about their environment and able to make local decisions.
There is a wealth of possibilities for community involvement, education and wildlife conservation in the park, we need your help to give Bromley Green Gym the best start!
Steps to get it done:
The project is supported by and has received match funding from intu Bromley, London Borough of Bromley and the Mayor’s Pocket Parks programme.
We will be working with referral partners such as Bromley Mencap and the Bromley NHS Early Intervention Team to recruit volunteers who will most benefit.
Bromley Green Gym aims to emulate the success of Penge Green Gym who became independent from TCV in April 2013:
“Volunteering has helped me tremendously, it has been a life changing experience. I was totally freaked out beforehand ... Now I love being connected to the community and food growing.” Penge Green Gym Leader
"All the Penge Green Gymers have been working really hard over the past two years to get Winsford Gardens back into shape and make it an open air resource for the community… As we become an independent community group, we're excited about planning new projects and making an even better place for locals to come and enjoy." Penge Green Gym Chair
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