Environmental charity Hubbub has today launched a new fund to support community green spaces.
Community groups which relate to one or more of the four themes will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to £6,000 to help improve or develop a green space accessible to the local community.
Group eligibility themes are, increasing access to green space, upskilling the community, bringing people together and building climate resilience.
Gavin Ellis, co-founder at Hubbub says: “This funding will provide a real boost to communal green spaces across the country which bring so many environmental and social benefits. They lift community spirit, support mental health and provide valuable physical health benefits from being outdoors.
“At the same time, they also support biodiversity, cool our streets and provide opportunities to grow produce.”
The new funding comes after Hubbub commissioned research by Censuswide* which revealed that more than a third (36%) of people in the UK spend less than an hour a week in nature.
While it was revealed that just over three in four people (78%) who spend time in green or natural spaces feel better in nature.
TV Presenter and Garden Designer Danny Clarke adds: “I’ve witnessed first hand the benefits communities get from their involvement in green spaces.
“By bringing businesses and local communities together we have transformed otherwise unloved pieces of land into areas where people and nature can thrive.”
Oragnisations interested in applying have until 11 January 2024, and successful applicants will receive their funding by the end of February 2024. Find out more here.