Project information

My Community- My Greenspace

This project will give local communities and groups in Oxfordshire a voice to influence how a broad range of green spaces, such as nature reserves, gardens, parks, commons and allotments, are provided, created, enhanced and maintained. SEE VIDEO SUMMARY.

January 2016 - December 2018

Charity information: Wild Oxfordshire

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  • Need

    Need

    The environment is under threat from many directions. Small, local volunteer groups do their best to care for over 100 hectares of greenspaces with few resources. Local greenspaces are often significant for their biodiversity and as a community resource. Too few communities have little awareness or understanding of their local greenspace and its potential, or the resources of knowledge and equipment to realise this potential.

    Solution

    We will build the knowledge, skills and volunteer base of the groups. A conservation officer will work with groups: Mapping and assess the sites, giving management advice and developing the skills of volunteers through training, sharing of information and developing best practise case studies.
    We will increase wider community engagement by giving groups the resources, skills and tools to engage with their local communities, schools to promote their work and the local greenspace.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the biodiversity and resilience of community greenspaces

    Activities

    » Mapping and surveying 60 sites
    » Giving ecological management advice
    » Running training courses

    Worked with all the volunteer groups and mapped at least 60 wildlife spaces in Oxfordshire
    Trained at least 60 individuals and run 6 courses


    Aim 2

    To improve the resilience and strength of volunteer groups

    Activities

    » Providing learning and networking opportunities
    » Providing information and advice
    » Promoting their work through local media

    Run 3 annual conferences
    Given advice to at least 20 groups
    Produced a fortnightly Environmental E-newsletter


    Aim 3

    To increase local communities awareness of and engagement with their local greenspaces

    Activities

    » Promoting information on local green spaces
    » Providing talks to parish councils and local community groups and organisations

    Developed an online map
    Talked to at least 20 groups or parish councils
    Sent quarterly press releases to local media


    Aim 4

    To increase engagement with local schools

    Activities

    » Providing networking opportunities between volunteer groups and local teachers
    » Compiling and promoting environmental education resources for schools

    Developed environmental education resources for environmental educators
    10% of groups will have linked up with their local school


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will result in better managed green spaces for wildlife and an increased use of the sites by the local community. We will demonstrate success by the number of volunteer groups that we continue to engage with. Success will be measured when the spaces are mapped and the quality of the habitat recorded. Future success will be measured by wildlife monitoring surveys, feedback from groups, numbers attending conferences and accessing website information.

    Risk

    There is a risk that that some groups may not wish to engage in the process or see that they might benefit from help and support. We have good relations, reputation and contacts with many groups, we can work with these first to demonstrate the value and support we can offer. The Project Officer will have the necessary skills to work sensitively with different groups of volunteers.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive a quarterly email report on the project covering current and forthcoming activities. More detailed annual reports and an end of project report will also be written and the learning shared.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £90,000 Project Officer Giving advice,mapping, collating information. Running training and conferences.
      £13,000 Office costs Office overheads over 3 years
      £22,000 Events Specialist trainers, speakers and hire of facilities
      £7,500 Travel Officer's travel to visit all groups
      £10,000 Publication and website Production of materials and interactive map for ease of use. Plus plublicity costs.
      £7,500 Contingency 5% allowance

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Patsy Wood Charitable Trust £75,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    Oxfordshire is a largely rural county, boasting a great variety of greenspaces. It is facing immense pressures from development for business, housing and the associated infrastructure. It is important that existing green spaces are conserved and that new developments increase and improve them. Greenspaces are vital for wildlife as wells as the health and well-being of the local community

    Beneficiaries

    Local volunteer groups are currently mostly left to their own devices with limited support. They and the wildlife they care for will be the main beneficiaries. In the long run the health and wellbeing of the whole community will benefit. The communities and schools where they are located will have the opportunity to engage with the local volunteers and enjoy and learn about their local greenspace

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wild Oxfordshire is an environmental partnership organisation, our ethos is ‘People and nature, making connections’. Since 1991 we have been working, with the support of over 50 partners, as an environmental networking and co-ordinating body for Oxfordshire. With a part-time Community Officer we have established a good reputation for supporting conservation volunteer groups. We would like to build on our learning to offer more and better support through a full time Officer.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    We Want To Recruit A Full Time Project Officer For 3 Years

    We want to recruit a Project Officer with the skills and enthusiasm to support volunteer groups and their greenspaces across Oxfordshire