Make your community greener

Make your community greener

Support the environment and people alike

Nature-filled neighbourhoods are good for the environment, good for people and good for communities. Studies show that spending time outside has a positive impact on mental and physical health, while communal green spaces bring people from all backgrounds together.

What's more, nature helps communities to be more resilient to severe weather - trees lower the temperature of urban areas in heatwaves, while plant roots absorb water in torrential rain and absorb carbon from the atmosphere.

If you want to make your community greener and support the environment where you live, we've got loads of ideas and tips to help you get started. And remember, small changes can have a big impact!

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Getting started

Don't worry - you don't need to be green fingered to help bring more nature into your neighbourhood. If your community doesn't have access to any green space, or you're struggling to encourage others to get invovled, here are three simple things you can do to get the ball rolling.

1) Try litter picking

Nobody likes litter, and even if your community aren't nature lovers, they'll see the value in tidying up your local area. It’s a great way to meet people living nearby, and encouraging everyone to take pride in the natural environment can help keep it cleaner for longer. All you need is some bin bags and gloves, although investing in a litter picker can be useful. Celebrate your hard work with a cuppa and cake! 

2)  Help people connect with nature

The more a community values the nature around them, the more likely they are to protect and create natural areas. You could create a nature trail or bingo - with trees, plants or wildlife to look out for in your neighbourhood. You could even go undercover as a nature activist, using chalk to highlight and write about flowers and trees to showcase what’s on your doorstep. 

3) Join an existing initiative in your area

Many places have community gardens, parks or other initiatives who are in need of volunteers. This could be practical gardening, collecting materials or supporting an event. It's a great way to meet other like-minded people, who can support you to create the changes you'd like to see.