Published: Monday, 13th June 2022

Oldham Council is urging residents to go greener.

The Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund is now live and it will see grants given to communities so existing green spaces can be improved or new ones created where they are needed most.

A total of £2.6m is available across Greater Manchester for community projects that could make a real difference to residents and local areas.

The fund makes small and large grants available, particularly where there is currently poor access to good quality green space.

Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Our borough already has some great green spaces, that are well used and enjoyed by residents every day.

“They are particularly important for our mental and physical health, providing us with places to walk, exercise, meet friends, relax and have fun - their importance became even more apparent as more people discovered and appreciated them throughout the pandemic.

“Most of us have quality green spaces on our doorsteps, but more can always be done to improve existing ones, or thanks to this funding new ones could be created in places where there is a need.

“By creating new green spaces you are not just improving an area but also helping the environment.

“If you have an idea, why not get in touch with the funding team and see if you can make it into a reality?”

Projects which will be considered for funding should improve publicly accessible spaces through physical improvements -  making them better places for nature and people.

These projects could take place in parks, community gardens, streets, schools, housing estates, canals, streams, rivers and existing nature reserves.

Examples of the type of projects funding could support include:

  • Improving existing or creating new accessible green space for people and/or wildlife
  • Permanently greening streets
  • Creating new pocket parks
  • Community gardening and food growing
  • Turning paved over areas to green areas
  • Cleaning up and restoring streams, rivers, canals and ponds

To make things easier for applicants, several Green Spaces Fund Advisors are on hand to help with applications and offer support and guidance.

To find out more about the fund and to apply, please visit the Green Spaces Fund visit www.gmenvfund.org

The deadline for the first round of applications is August 22.

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