The Kindling Trust is Recruiting!

The Kindling Trust is seeking a highly motivated and driven individual to join their small, committed team, working to revolutionise the food system in Greater Manchester and beyond!

UK Could Finally Ban Polluting Microbeads from Cosmetics, Following US’s Lead

After opting for a phase-out that has been heavily criticised for its loopholes the British government could be moving to pass a law which would ban cosmetic microbeads.

Global Justice Now – What Brexit Might Mean for TTIP and Other Trade Deals

Following the EU referendum result Nick Dearden the Director of Global Justice Now said:

“We will not give up our attempts to build a better world based on equality, democracy and

Best Community Space Spirit of Manchester Award 2016

Cast your vote before 31 July 2016 for the Best Community Space Spirit of Manchester Award 2016:

Brexit: Implications for the Voluntary Sector

The full political, economic and social consequences of last week’s EU referendum will take some time to fully understand.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has

Volunteer Vegetable Sorters Wanted!

FareShare are looking for volunteers who could give them a few hours on Saturdays to help sort vegetables at New Smithfield Market in July and August from 10am-3pm.

Its outdoor work and

Volunteering Opportunities with the Land Army.

Inspired by the women’s land armies of the First and Second World Wars, The Land Army was set up to help small organic growers in Greater Manchester increase their yields and strengthen their

Which Airlines Pollute the Most?

In the results of a new, seven-year study of 20 major airlines by the United Kingdom's Warwick Business School, Finnair came out on top for its ages and types of planes, routes, and number of

Light Pollution New Interactive Map

New interactive maps from CPRE reveal England’s darkest and most light-polluted skies.

Generation of Moderation - Reducing Meat Consumption

Yet more evidence has emerged of young people’s willingness to reduce their meat consumption on environmental grounds. The research from Plate for the Planet showed that nearly half of 16-19 year

Global Standard Launched to Tackle Swelling Food Waste Issues

Companies and countries have been urged to ramp up efforts to prevent food waste, through a new global standard that outlines reporting requirements on food management for business and governments

Concerned About Litter in Your Area?

Do you see untidy litter spoiling the town and countryside where you live? You could do something about it by joining a litter picking group and transforming these places into pleasant places for

Wheels for All Leader Course

Cycling Projects have teamed up with TfGM for a series of free one day courses to help those who assist disabled people to provide and deliver cycling activities.

The Wheels for All

Free Media and Communications Support from the Media Trust

The Media Trust works with the media industry to empower charities and communities to have a voice and be heard. They have 20 years of success creating communications solutions for charities and

TreeStation Summer Firewood Sale!

The TreeStation is a Social Enterprise working to make the very best use of timber produced as a by-product of woodland management and tree work – for fuel, timber and other uses. Their mission

Small Charities Not Collaborating Enough, Report Warns

Too few small charities are engaging in significant collaboration with their counterparts, a new report by the Foundation of Social Improvement (FSI) warns. The FSI said there was a lack of

Following Brexit: The Environment Must be at the Heart of Negotiations with Europe

The environment must be at the heart of our exit negotiations with Europe and how we plan our future as a country – says Friends of the Earth, as the environmental campaign group warns that with

The Solar Powered Village

A group of determined volunteers in Balcombe, a village in West Sussex have turned their threat of fracking into an opportunity for renewable energy. They formed the RepowerBalcombe coop with the

City of Trees

The team behind Red Rose Forest has now become the City of Trees team.

Update from: Sarah McNally, Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the City of Trees.

Red Rose Forest


Do you think TTIP is a toxic trade deal? You’re not alone. Hear what other Mancunians have been saying about it by watching the video:

Renewable Heat Technologies

Manchester-based Biomass Energy Co-op has launched a scheme to promote the uptake of renewable heat technologies. Aimed specifically at community buildings, co-ops, charities and churches, the

New Peatlands Fund Signifies Clear Benefits of EU Membership, says Defra

A new €12m fund from the European Union (EU) to restore and preserve blanket areas of peatlands is an example of how the Government can protect and enhance the environment by remaining in the EU,

Macc's Bid-Writing Service

Macc has developed a new bid-writing service. Their services can be tailored to suit your individual needs. They have got an experienced team of specialist bid writers who can provide a variety

Leaving the EU Could Threaten our Environment

The group of high level environmental experts including the former heads of the Environment Agency, the National Trust and the Green Alliance, authored an open letter to the Environment Secretary

Help Defend the Laws that Protect Wildlife and Nature

Europe is currently reviewing the EU Nature Directives which protect wildlife and nature. Wildlife of all sorts depends on places protected by these laws. If the laws are weakened or if there is

Global Justice Campaign for a Publicly Owned Energy Company

Global Justice Manchester is campaigning for a publicly owned energy company that Manchester can be proud of and they want your ideas on what should be included in their proposal. They want an

Fit for Life

Fit for Life, a new report by Sustrans, presents independent research, by leading experts, into the public health benefits of new walking and cycling routes. Sustrans, supported by a grant from

Commemorating the Centenary of the Somme

Play your part in commemorating the Centenary of the Somme this July, remember and pay respect to those affected by one of the most devastating battles in military history. Anyone aged 18 or over

Bus Services Bill

Campaign for Better Transport has recently responded to the government’s new Bus Services Bill (published 20 May 2016) which gives local authorities new powers to improve bus services.

Greater Manchester Community Renewables

Would you like to help support community energy in Greater Manchester?

Greater Manchester Community Renewables is about to launch a share offer to raise £180,000 to fund the installation of

Power to Change New Website

Power to Change have been busy setting up a new website, with more information about their programmes and funding, a snazzy new map of England showing the community businesses they’ve funded, and

Grants for Vegetarian Week

Small grants are being offered by the Vegetarian Society to help groups with events or activities that celebrate National Vegetarian Week.

It is expected that most grants will be up to £200

Better Community Business Network Grants for Community Projects

Small grant awards to empower charities and local community projects for the betterment of society are offered by the Better Community Business Network Grant Initiative.

The awards scheme

The Paris Agreement Tracker

The Paris Agreement on climate change adopted in 2015 marks a critical turning point toward a zero-carbon and resilient world. Countries are now taking the steps to formally join the Agreement.

Green Belt Land under Siege

Research from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), published at the end of April, shows that 275,000 houses are now planned for England’s Green Belt, an increase of 50,000 on last year

Fourteen 1K Awards Open for Applications

Awards of up to £1,000 are now available from the Fourteen Programme in Harpurhey and Moston.

The awards are aimed at organisations looking to run activities which will support the aim of

EU & UK Environmental Policy Report

ClientEarth has welcomed a report from MPs which says Britain’s membership of the European Union is positive for the country’s environment and natural resources.

The House of Commons

Walking Workplaces Initiative by Transport for Greater Manchester

Accessible to everyone, walking is free, good for our physical and mental wellbeing, a great way to get to know your local area and is kind to the environment. Transport for Greater Manchester

Consultation on Greater Manchester’s Devolution Powers

Greater Manchester’s devolution deals with central government show how the conurbation’s 2.8 million people could benefit from a new kind of local control of vital aspects of the region’s life,

Art of Raising Money Paperback

The Art of Raising Money is written by Professor Ian Bruce CBE, who founded the non-profit management centre at City University's Cass Business School (Cass CCE), where he specialises in strategy

Local Elections 2016: Candidate Views on Environmental Issues

On Thursday 5th May, people across Greater Manchester have the opportunity to vote for the people who will be their local councillors.

Manchester Friends of the Earth have been surveying

Funding opportunity for North West groups

Localgiving has teamed up with the People’s Postcode Lottery to provide environmental groups in the North West of England with the chance to develop their online fundraising capabilities.

Third Sector Awards 2016

The call for entries window for this year’s Third Sector Awards is now open. With a commitment to educate and inspire, the awards showcase the talent and success of not-for-profit organisations,

New £1.5 Million Funding to Bring Communities Together

The Near Neighbours programme that brings together diverse communities and different faiths through a range of activities has been awarded an additional £1.5 million of funding.


Electric Vehicle use in Greater Manchester

Electric vehicle use in Greater Manchester has rocketed over the past 12 months.

The Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle Scheme (GMEV), led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM),

Environmentally Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

It’s spring! Time to open the windows and spruce up your home!
Concerned with the amount of chemicals found in conventional cleaning products? Eco-friendly cleaning is all about finding

Manchester’s Parks Consultation

A public consultation on the proposed strategy for the long-term future of Manchester’s parks was launched in March and closes on the 31 May 2016.

Mer-Ceilidh Rising

Coming soon to Bridge 5 Mill - Mer-Ceilidh Rising!

Day/Date: Saturday 7 May 2016
Time: 19:00 – 01:00 (BST) Sunday 8 May 2016
Venue: Bridge 5 Mill

IN or OUT? How the Green Economy will Vote on Britain's EU Referendum

Energy and environment ministers and many green NGOs and sustainable businesses groups have revealed their stance on Britain's European Union (EU) membership, with the overwhelming majority

New Plan for National Parks

National parks: 8-point plan for England (2016 to 2020) was published on 28 March 2016.

Zero Carbon Emissions Target to be Enshrined in UK Law

The UK will enshrine in law a long-term goal of reducing its carbon emissions to zero, as called for in last year’s historic Paris climate deal.

Manchester Piccadilly Gardens

At the beginning of March, the M.E.N. launched a petition calling on the council to transform Piccadilly Gardens from a depressing, crime-ridden area into a green space that should be celebrated

Grants for Good Campaign

Grants for Good; is a coalition of charities which believes in the huge value of government grant-making to the voluntary sector and aims to protect it. Join the campaign to promote government

Consultation on new Devolution Powers for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Greater Manchester has led the way on ‘devolution agreements’ that move decision-making on crucial public services like local transport, housing, health and skills training closer to local people

Charities must not be excluded from Devolution Debates

There has been much discussion about the proposed devolution deals being offered to the English regions, and what the implications might be for businesses and public sector bodies. But what has

Dip in English Recycling

According to provisional statistics released by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on the 22 March 2016, the percentage of waste from English households recycled,

New film: '8 days @ COP21'

The Transition Network has recently announced details of their new film, '8 days @ COP21'. It captures those days last December when the climate negotiations took place in Paris, and the

#BagsofHelp Scheme Reopens

The second round of funding for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme will open for applications on 18 April 2016. The first round of Bags of Help funding is set to award £11.5m to over 1,000 groups.

Reduce Air Pollution with Friends of the Earth!

Road traffic is the biggest source of air pollution in city centres. Diesel vehicles spew out a lot of the toxic fumes. Air pollution is the UK's biggest killer after smoking. Act now to stop

Green Open Homes Weekend - Call out for homes

Have you retrofitted part or all of your home? Would you like to showcase your hard work and inspire others?

This April eco-homes from around Greater Manchester will be opening for the

Wythenshawe Hall Repair Fund

Friends of Wythenshawe Hall are raising £250,000 to repair the much loved Wythenshawe Hall that was damaged due to a fire in the early hours of Tuesday 15 March 2016.

The Community Rights Movement

The Community Rights give you the power to make a difference in your community and were enshrined in law by the Localism Act 2011. The first rights came into force on 6 April 2012. You can get

More than a Pub

A major new support and finance programme to help people take control of their local pub for the benefit of the community has been announced by Community Pubs Minister Marcus Jones.

Gaddum Befriending Service Volunteers Needed

The Gaddum Centre are looking for volunteers who can give at least two hours a fortnight to visit socially isolated older people living in Manchester.

Community Energy GM

Something amazing is happening right on our doorstep...and it’s called Community Energy GM (CEGM).

MERCi together with 17 other local community organisations in Greater Manchester, youth

Old Trafford Community Allotment Beds Available

Do you run a group for people with mental health problems? Is your group interested in growing your own? The Old Trafford Community Allotment currently has two beds available for groups working

EU Referendum: A Spotlight on Food & Farming

Day/Date: Tuesday 19 April 2016
Time: 15:30 – 18:30
Venue: Bridge 5 Mill
22a Beswick Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 7HR
Telephone: 0161 273 1736

Green Open Home Weekend and Salford Bus Tour

Green Open Home Weekend and Salford Bus Tour
Days/Dates: Sat 23rd and Sun 24th April 2016


Train the Trainer
Setting up a Cooking Club – Cooking for Better Living.
A 2 Day Course delivered by Cracking Good Food.

Cracking Good Food; a Manchester based social enterprise

Final Warning from ClientEarth

The UK government must take steps to tackle air pollution within days or face further legal action, it has been warned. The move comes after a report from the Royal College of Physicians and the

Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the Circular Economy Potential

With up to 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020, a pervasive digital transformation is reshaping the economy. Will this ‘fourth industrial revolution’ lead to an acceleration
 of the

Smithills Estate Revival

The iconic 1700-acre grass, moor and woodland of Smithills Estate in Bolton is to be given a new lease of life, and schools in the area are encouraged to get involved by hosting tree nurseries.

March is Upon us - Here’s What you can do to Help Wildlife!
Take a Walk with the Active Trafford Greenspace Project

Active Trafford Greenspace is a partnership involving Red Rose Forest, Trafford Sport and Physical Activity Partnership and Trafford Countryside Management Partnership. Funding for the project

Living Soils: A Call to Action

The Soil Association campaign to save the soil we all depend on for survival is one of their most important campaigns. They aim to improve the health of our soil and reduce soil damaging

EU is good for UK Nature

EU is good for UK nature, says Friends of the Earth as Referendum Announced. Responding to the announcement that a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will be held on June 23 2016, Craig

Profile Your Home’s Energy Performance
A Look at Some of the Less Talked About Forms of Renewable Energy

There are many resources on our planet with which we can produce renewable energy beyond solar, wind, and hydro. Most electricity in the world is produced using steam to push turbines, which

Could Invisible Markers Hold the Key to Enabling a Plastics Circular Economy?

Last year the Government revealed new proposals to recycle at least 57% of the nation’s plastic packaging by 2017 a target that WRAP has promoted through The Plastics Industry Recycling Action

The Body Shop Turns 40!

Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, by Anita Roddick, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand which seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired

National Trust Making Sustainability Beautiful

In 1895, the National Trust was established to preserve Britain's heritage and open spaces. More than 120 years later, these areas need protecting from an even greater threat: climate change.

Common Purpose Challenge to improve your City

Have you ever wanted to improve your city? Well now is your chance.
Common Purpose is crowd sourcing ideas to make Bangalore and Manchester better places to live and work. They want to turn

Coffee Break Appeal

The Booth Centre helps homeless people move off the streets, find new homes and get back to work.

Over 220 people visit the Booth Centre each week and are usually welcomed with a hot drink

Green light given to over 80 pocket parks

More than 80 unloved and neglected urban spaces across the country will be transformed into green oases for everyone to use, thanks to a share of a £1.5 million dedicated fund. Now 87 community

Bridge 5 Mill: Manchester’s Sustainable Venue & Co-Working Space

Bridge 5 Mill, home to MERCi, is a uniquely renovated silk mill on the banks of the Ashton Canal. We aim to be an example of sustainability in action. The mill was refurbished using recycled and

Updated Guidebook for Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning

The Centre for Sustainable Energy has recently updated its guidebook for low carbon neighbourhood planning. The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is an independent national charity with a

Call for a New National Tree Charter

A coalition of UK conservation groups is calling for a new national charter for trees, woods and people. Led by the Woodland Trust, 48 conservation and cultural groups have launched a campaign

Making Local Woods Work

Making Local Woods Work is an exciting pilot project being led by the Plunkett Foundation in partnership with a range of other organisations. It aims to help support and grow woodland-based social

Fracking Engagement Top Tips

After recent planning applications by Cuadrilla to frack in its area, CPRE Lancashire has produced a top tips document to share their knowledge and experience and highlight key issues relevant to

Tyndall Travel Tracker

Researchers at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK think that the research community should lead by example and reduce their emissions in line with or beyond country

Fossil Free GM

Local campaigners are calling on Greater Manchester’s local authority pension fund to learn the lessons from the recent floods and redirect investments away from the fossil fuels that cause

Climate Budget March 2016

The Chancellor; George Osborne is asking the public to send him ideas for what should be included in the next Budget on 16 March. Friends of the Earth are calling for him to make this the Climate

Five Must-Reads for Charity Workers

The Guardian has recently published the 5 must-reads for Charity Workers, compiled from their readers ‘best books' for voluntary sector professionals.

Here are their top five.


Changes Announced to People’s Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme

People’s Postcode Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Neonicotinoids a New Briefing

A few years ago, evidence was mounting up linking three systemic neonicotinoid insecticides to declining honeybees. Against the wishes of the UK government, this led to a temporary EU wide ban on

FareShare Food Cloud Update

A free scheme, called FareShare FoodCloud, is being piloted with Tesco in other UK cities (including Manchester) after a successful pilot in a London Tesco Extra, with charities collecting surplus

Manchester City Council Draft Budget Consultation

Manchester City Council has published details of options to make £13.8m of savings in its budget for 2016/17.

Budget timetable and consultation

Before the Council makes any decisions

Mapping Good Local Economics in the UK

With funding from the Friends Provident Foundation; New Start, CLES and the New Economics Foundation, have been travelling the UK, visiting its eleven core cities to map what a ‘good’ approach to

Honesty and Hope #COP21

After two weeks of negotiations at the Paris climate summit involving nearly 200 countries a deal to attempt to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C was agreed. The agreement is

Five Simple Ways to Help the Ocean

As waves of highly-visible plastic trash hit British beaches brought in by the New Year’s storms, it’s a timely reminder of a much bigger problem: It’s been estimated recently that about EIGHT

Bogle Sponsored Walk 2016

Days/Dates: Friday 4th and Saturday 5th March 2016, depending on which challenge you choose.

This challenge is open to everyone you don’t have to be a student to take part.

We Love MCR Funding

The We Love MCR Charity was set up as a Trust to distribute funds “for Charitable purposes for the general benefit of the inhabitants of the City of Manchester as the Trustees shall think fit”.

Dabble with your Dinner

Dabble with your Dinner is a project developed by Behaviour Change a not-for-profit social enterprise behind Eat Seasonably and is funded by the Esme Fairbairn Foundation. It is a new initiative

Five Innovative ways Companies are Re-thinking Waste

While many companies are implementing recycling and waste management systems that have worked for years, some people are thinking outside the box and coming up with innovative and ingenious

How to Make Your Office More Sustainable in 2016

NCVO has produced a quick know how guide to basic measures which can be taken to improve how 'green' you are at work. A consensus in your office that everyone wishes to improve its environmental

Land's End to John O'Groats Challenge Ride 2016

Days/Dates: Saturday 30 July - Tuesday 16 August 2016

Join Sustrans for the ultimate challenge of cycling the full length of the UK (End to End). Covering 1,040 miles in 18 days (16 cycling

How to Recycle Christmas Items

Wrapping Paper

Stop Fracking Action Pack

Friends of the Earth are calling for everyone to redouble their efforts to keep the UK frack free in response to the new Government rules which mean that fracking will be permitted in the

Community Business Fund 2016

Power to Change will be opening their Community Business Fund in April 2016. The fund aims to help more community businesses move towards sustainability and they will also be supporting community

Winter 2015 Floods: Government Response

Households and Businesses

An additional £51 million to support households and businesses affected by the floods has been announced. This takes the total support pledged by the government to

The Big Change

The Big Change Manchester campaign wants to encourage everyone who lives in, works in and visits Manchester to help tackle the challenge of homelessness in the city. It aims to help rough sleepers

Job Opportunity

Looking for an exciting new challenge to play a key role in driving Greater Manchester to change its behaviour towards recycling and waste?

Viridor will shortly be seeking a new Education

Bridge 5 Mill, “A Unique, Sustainable, Co-Working Space”
Christmas Fundraising

December is the most important month for most fundraisers in terms of the amount of income that can be raised.

Here are just some of the many ways in which charities can try to raise funds

Freewheeling – Free Cycling Skills Tuition in Manchester

If you don’t cycle and want to learn the right skills, are returning to cycling or want to enhance your riding then BikeRight! FREE cycle training could be just what you need!

Report from the Food Sovereignty Gathering in Hebden Bridge

Over two hundred people from across the UK gathered at the UK’s second Food Sovereignty gathering at Hebden Bridge at the end of October 2015.

Buy a Seed Christmas Appeal

The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens launched its Christmas Appeal on December 1st (on international “Giving Tuesday”) to support the charity’s work with volunteer groups in some of

Symbolic Street Protest in Paris

Climate change protesters in Paris found a moving way to get round the city's ban on public gatherings after the terrorist attacks - by laying pairs of shoes in the city's streets.

Community Food Shop in Ancoats

Consultation for a Community Food Shop in Ancoats

If you live, work or have an interest in Ancoats, your feedback would be much appreciated towards the idea of developing a community food

Pocket Parks Programme

The Pocket Parks Programme has been established with £1.5 million in funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government with the objective of delivering up to 100 pocket parks across


#WeAreTheClimateGeneration is a European campaign to raise awareness and demand action on climate change it aims to create a movement and form a unified response to climate change using social

Ancoats Voice Up - new arts project for the people of Ancoats

Let’s Go in partnership with Great Places Housing Association have introduced a new arts project for the people of Ancoats.

Ancoat’s Voice Up will host a series of free creative workshops

Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter

Volunteers are needed for a new night shelter.

Greater Together Manchester, a joint venture between the Diocese of Manchester and Church Urban Fund, has brought together a group of 6

Christmas Appeal

The Booth Centre helps homeless people move off the streets, find new homes and get back into work.

They depend on donations from the public and Christmas is a time when homeless people

A Very Veggie Christmas

The Vegetarian Society Christmas Tips

If you’re going to someone's house for Christmas Communicate. Not everyone knows what a vegetarian is or what to cook for them, so speak to your host

Greater Manchester Climate Change Strategy and Implementation Plan

In November the GM Low Carbon Hub (GMCA) held the Climate Change and Low Emissions Strategies consultation workshop. If you were unable to attend they would still value your input to their

Fundraising Webinars

The Charities Aid Foundation are running a webinar series (like a seminar, but held online), packed with smart charity marketing ideas which can be put into action quickly and easily.


The Potential Contribution of Waste Management to a Low Carbon Economy Report

This report published on 27 October 2015, was commissioned by NGO Zero Waste Europe in partnership with Zero Waste France and ACR+ (the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and

New Homeownership Website

A new website which will bring home ownership schemes together including Right to Buy, Help to Buy and the Help to Buy: will become available from 1 December 2015.

Bike Life

Sustrans have conducted the biggest survey ever on attitudes to cycling in the UK. They have collaborated with seven cities in the UK (Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Bywyd Beico Caerdydd, Cardiff

Get Spotting Autumn Wildlife with Sustrans

If you want some inspiration for great days outdoors this autumn get out onto the National Cycle Network, and use the handy autumn spotter guide developed by Sustrans to help you find wildlife you

Volunteer Centre Manchester Noticeboard

Volunteer Centre Manchester has developed a Noticeboard Toolkit that allows organisations and agencies to print and display information about volunteering opportunities.

Some early adopters

Lake District World Heritage Bid

In 2016 the Lake District National Park Partnership on behalf of a group of organisations will submit a bid for World Heritage Site status to the UK government who will review and in turn submit

What’s a Product Passport?

The information that gets passed on from one business to another about what is in a product is usually inadequate. This makes it hard for both recyclers and repairers who want to make use of the

Top Tips from the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network

Five Ways to Strengthen your Charity's Brand

1. Know your audience

Different charities within the same area have very distinct audiences and it is important to make sure your brand

Medlock Walk

Plans for the Development of the former BBC site on Oxford road, Manchester have gained Council approval. Developers want to completely open up the river to create what they are dubbing ‘Medlock


Streetlife is a social network for local communities and it’s easy to connect and share with people in your neighbourhood. It's a free and simple website for neighbours to connect and share news

Applications are now open for FarmStart's 2016 programme.

Looking for a supported route into commercial organic veg growing? Apply not to Kindling’s FarmStart programme, introducing people to a new career in commercial organic vegetable production. This

Compact of Mayors

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has signed up to the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change - the Compact of Mayors. So far, 150 cities, representing 231,

Mobilise for COP21

This December governments of more than 190 nations will gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change, aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and thus

Help Make Manchester the Best it can be by 2025

What's your dream for Manchester?

Manchester wants to be wonderful – and it needs your advice.

Greater Manchester’s Environment Report 2015

Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub has published its 2015 Annual Report – a four page summary of Greater Manchester’s low carbon and environmental headlines and highlights.

The report aims

Plastic Bag Charge: Where Will the Money Go?

The 5p levy on plastic bags, which was introduced in Wales in 2011, Northern Ireland in 2013 and Scotland last year, has raised millions for charities and community ventures across the UK. There

This Changes Everything Screening

With the Paris Climate Conference just two months away, the documentary film “This Changes Everything” was broadcast simultaneously in cities across the globe on Saturday 26 September.

Love Your Bike Metrolink & Cycling Safety Survey

Love Your Bike, the cycling advocacy campaign co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth, has published the results of a survey of people’s experiences of cycling alongside or across

City of Trees

The case for more trees in and around our towns and cities is strong and compelling. Red Rose Forest and The Oglesby Charitable Trust are leading a new movement, to double the tree cover in

Congratulations Brockholes!

Brockholes Nature Reserve has been chosen as one of the Lancashire Tourism Awards finalists in the Large Visitor Attraction category along with Blackpool Zoo, Farmer Ted’s Farm Park, Ormskirk,

LEF Green Grants

The Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) is a partnership between SITA UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Community Futures.

TTIP Booklet 2015

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated between the European Union and the USA. TTIP is a massive

Well Being Sessions

Free Horticultural Therapy Sessions at Hulme Community Garden Centre.

Anyone who has had long term depression Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Schizophrenia is welcome.

Syria Relief

Fighting in Syria has forced about 12 million people to flee their homes. More than 200,000 have been killed, with many more injured or detained. Right now, millions of people are in urgent need

The Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP)

GMCDP’s young disabled people are working on a joint project with Manchester City Council to put an exhibition together to celebrate Disability History month. A group of young people are meeting

New National Hedgehog Survey in England and Wales

Long-term studies by the, People’s Trust for Endangered Species, and the British Trust for Ornithology have found that hedgehogs have undergone a drastic decline within Britain over the last two

The Food Waste (Reduction) Bill

The Food Waste Bill introduced to the House of Commons on the 9th September has been given a second reading by MPs. The Food Waste (Reduction) Bill, presented by Kerry McCarthy, Labour MP for

Bridge 5 Mill, “A Unique, Sustainable, Co-Working Space”
RSPB Analysis Shows Wildlife Sites to be at Risk

After completing a full analysis of the areas of land that the Government has offered to energy companies to explore for oil and gas, the RSPB has warned that almost 300 of England’s most

Help Save Our Solar with FOE

The Government has just proposed huge cuts to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) - the scheme which supports small scale renewables. The proposal suggests that the domestic FiT will be cut by 87%,

Rio de Janeiro is fully committed to the Fight against Climate Change.

Rio de Janeiro has become the first city in the world to reach full compliance with the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG)

A Chocolate Shortfall in Five Years

A shortfall in chocolate in the next five years is only likely to be averted if major manufacturers such as Nestlé create a business model that includes cocoa farmers. Fast-forward ten years and

Onshore Wind the most cost effective electricity source by 2020

New research published, by the industry-led Onshore Wind Cost Reduction Taskforce, set up by RenewableUK, shows that onshore wind can become the most cost effective new electricity source by 2020

Government Launches Air Quality Consultation

The government has recently launched a consultation to seek views from local and transport authorities, businesses and members of the public on what local action can be taken to improve air

Three Trillion Trees!

A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. The previous global estimate was 400 billion

Women’s Good Health & Well-Being Project

Every Thursday 10am-12pm, £1 per person

BME Network Bulletin Promotion:

Manley Park Play Centre, York Avenue, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 0AS
This project allows Women to

Petition DECC to Urgently Review the Current Approach to the Solar Feed in Tariff

DECC has recently announced a proposed cut of the Solar Feed In Tariff by 87% by January 2016. A variety of recent cuts by government to support solar and renewable energy will cause a loss of

The Love Food Hate Waste - Allotment Challenge!

Love Food Hate Waste have set up an allotment challenge to all those who have ventured into the world of ‘growing our own’. They have put together a few helpful tips to help you make sure nothing

People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund 2016, Opens for Applications

The Dream Fund 2016 is now open to applications from registered charities and community organisations in England, Scotland and Wales.

For 2016, the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund will

Show Your Hand: Make Trade Fair

Over 1.5 million farmers and workers in 74 countries are now part of Fairtrade – which stands for changing the way trade works, through fair prices and better working conditions, to offer a more

Safer, More Memorable Streets

Sustrans is getting closer to achieving the aim of their Campaign for Safer Streets as the Government has announced plans for putting in place a long-term strategy for increasing numbers of people

The Bee Cause

A Government decision to allow farmers to use ‘banned’ bee-harming pesticides in England, is being challenged at the High Court by Friends of the Earth.

Making the Most of Digital Donations

A practical guide to selecting and using online giving platforms:

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015

Carrier bag charges begin in England on 5 October 2015 as part of the policy to reduce waste. From 5 October 2015, large shops in England will have to charge five pence for all single use plastic

Bug Hotels

Insects are essential to our existence and they need hidey places. Insect and pollinator habitats are dwindling due to large-scale commercial farming, hedgerow removal and human population growth

Being a Trustee

Trustees are responsible for the strategic oversight of a charity and are held collectively accountable for the decisions they make.
If you are thinking of becoming a Trustee the 10 tips

The UK Wastes the Most Food in Europe

Britain wastes more food than any other country in Europe, according to a new report published in the journal, Environment Research Letters. The report looked at data from six European countries

Fares Fair Now - #PartTimeTicketsNow

With over 8 million people now working part-time, the need for part time and flexible season tickets is greater than ever. . Currently commuters are limited to a choice of buying a season ticket

Volunteers Needed for Charity Collection

Booth Centre – Activities, Advice and Support for Homeless people

The Booth Centre is holding a bucket collection outside Manchester City's Etihad Stadium on Saturday 19th September before

Bridge 5 Mill, “A Unique, Sustainable, Co-Working Space”
Long-Term exposure to Air Pollution in London Causes Nearly 9,500 Deaths

According to new research, nearly 9,500 people die early each year in London, due to long-term exposure to air pollution, more than twice as many as previously thought.

Committee on Climate Change

Progress in preparing for climate change - 2015 Report to Parliament

Confessions of a Charity Professional

Interested in writing a blog about the best and the worst of life working in the voluntary sector?

The Guardian’s blog, is designed for charity professionals to write frankly, in anonymity

No Economic Recovery for Charities

A new report reviewing the financial sustainability of the voluntary sector, shows that charities have not seen the recovery experienced by the economy overall.

The report is the product

Greater Manchester Devolution the Role of the Voluntary and Community Sector

A letter has recently been put together and signed by a range of voluntary and community organisations (including Macc) and sent to Tony Lloyd the new Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Centre for Cities

Centre for Cities is a research and policy institute, dedicated to improving the economic success of UK cities. They are a charity that works with cities, business and Whitehall to develop and

Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Our Vision

This summer sees the launch of a 12-week public consultation on a new publication ‘Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040: Our Vision’ – the starting point in the development of a new long-

An Objector’s Guide to Fracking: the Planning System & High Court Challenges

Leigh Day is renowned for its work in environmental law and they have recently launched an “Objectors Guide to Fracking”. The process of fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) is a technique whereby

Charities Must Adopt Private Sector Working Practices to Compete

“What we mean by a charity today will completely disappear by 2020” - Lucy Green, founder and director at Larato. Falling cash donations, the rising popularity of debit transactions and the

The Morrisons Foundation Grants

The Morrisons Foundation provides grants towards projects undertaken by registered charities in the UK. Morrisons is a born and bred Bradford company, and they are also reserving funds to support

Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund - Project Development Grant


The Walkonomics navigation app for Android has been developed to enable people to check the walkability (Pedestrian-friendliness) of the street they’re standing in, as well as discover new

Disco Soup in Manchester

Fill in Bellies Not Bins, contributed by Zero Waste Europe July 2015

Zero Waste Europe was created to empower communities to rethink their relationship with resources.

A Waste Experience!

Recycle for Greater Manchester are holding a series of events in August and September. So if you have ever wondered what happens to your waste after it has been collected, here’s your chance to

Giant Hogweed an Invasive and Dangerous Plant

Giant hogweed is a large weed which is now widespread along river banks and canal towpaths and can also be found in places like parks, cemeteries and wasteland.. It can grow up to 13ft (4m) high

New Chief Executive for Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth’s newly appointed chief executive, Craig Bennett, who was previously FoE’s director of policy and campaigns has said that the environmental movement needs to escape the “white

Eco Neighbourhoods across Manchester

Action plans have now been drawn up following a series of workshops held across Manchester to build the idea of “Eco Neighbourhoods” to different communities.

Tap Water Refilling Stations

Over one fifth (22%) of water sold in the UK is sourced overseas, according to the Natural Hydration Council, a business membership group. Most comes from northern Europe, although some from as

The Future of Cities

The Friends of the Earth position paper is now available. Cities are where most people live and where we consume most of the world’s resources. Their impact is felt in every corner of the world.

Free Tickets from the Vegetarian Society

The Vegetarian Society is offering 20 free tickets for KIN 2015 to MERCi to distribute to our networks. The first 20 people to enter code ‘MERCI’ at

Black History Month

Is your organisation planning a Black History Month event (October 2015)?

If so Black History Month Greater Manchester (BHMGM) would like to hear from you. This year a concerted effort is

Images needed for GMCVO Birthday Party

In preparation for their 40th birthday party on 20 August, GMCVO would like to showcase/celebrate the work of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Greater Manchester and are

Lancashire County Council Rejects Fracking Bid

Councillors have unanimously refused a planning application for fracking in Lancashire in a move which has been welcomed by environmental campaigners.

Lancashire County Council’s

Earlier End to Subsidies for New UK Onshore Wind Farms

The Conservatives will end subsidies to onshore windfarms from 1 April 2016, a year earlier than set out in the previous Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition agreement.

There will be a grace

Pope Says Climate Crisis is a Matter of Justice

On Thursday 18 June 2015, Pope Francis published his papal encyclical on the environment which called for greater political and personal action to tackle climate change. He says there is a moral

Marine Conservation Society’s - Good Beach Guide

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife.

The Power to Change Initial Grants Programme

The Initial Grants Programme will see up to £9m of grants and a wide range of business support provided to around 70 organisations between May and December 2015. Since the Power to Change was

Parks for People - Heritage Lottery Fund

Help to conserve historic public parks and cemeteries with funding of £100,000–£5million. Parks have always been a priority for the Heritage Lottery Fund and since they first started to invest in

COMA Project offers Support and Grants

The Community Ownership & Management of Assets programme (COMA) is still accepting applications from community groups in England for direct support and pre-feasibility grants.

Roman Gardens, Castlefield

A Castlefield community group, The Castlefield Forum, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £38,000 to submit viable plans for approval by Manchester City Council to create an amazing,

Queen’s Speech 2015: 5 Bills Charities Need to Know About

NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations.

Here are the bills that are most relevant to NCVO and their members

How Brits Feel About ‘Smart’ Energy

Reluctance to share data about personal energy use is likely to be a major obstacle when implementing ‘smart’ technologies designed to monitor use and support energy efficient behaviours,

Manchester Clean City

Projects, paid for by the £14.5million Clean City Fund, have already included a series of deep-cleans across the city. The money cannot be spent on projects that would create ongoing costs, such

Spirit of Manchester Awards 2015

This year’s Spirit of Manchester Awards are now open for your nominations.

Strawberries in Abundance

In 1990 the British strawberry season lasted about six weeks. Now it typically stretches from May to October - about 20 weeks. And that's just the official season, which marks the point when

Free Legal Advice for Charities and Community Groups

There are a number of organisations who offer free advice to charities and community groups.

Warm and Green Report – Energy Efficiency

A new report published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows that England needs a huge investment in energy efficiency if we are to even approach our 2050 carbon reduction target

Petition to Defend Nature Laws

In the UK some of our best-loved sites (known as Special Areas for Conservation), are protected by the European Birds and Habitats Directives, known collectively as the Nature Directives. These


Hundreds of people across the country are taking part in a new Wildlife Trust Campaign sharing why wildlife and wild places matter to them. The Wildlife Trust believes that all our lives are

Walk this way with Active Trafford Greenspace

Step outside and enjoy the benefits of walking with Red Rose Forest's new Active Trafford Greenspace project. Whether you fancy a leisurely stroll or something more energetic, there's something

Manchester's 'Green and Blue Infrastructure' strategy

Manchester City Council is consulting on a proposed strategy for parks, river valleys, trees, gardens and other green spaces. They have asked for contributions from as many individuals and

Community Fund for Local Groups

One Manchester is the new partnership between Eastlands Homes and City South Manchester Housing and to celebrate they have created a community fund for local groups.

European Programme 2014-20

Manchester Community Central have produced a briefing on the European Programme 2014-20 - Opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to deliver the Greater Manchester

Five Things Charities Need to Know Ahead of the General Election

With the May 2015 General Election getting closer by the day, charities are watching with interest to see what each of the political parties commit to doing in the charity sphere over the next

Bolton's Smithills estate to be protected with £8.5m scheme

An £8.5m conservation scheme to protect threatened upland habitat has been set up by the Woodland Trust. They believe that this wild and wonderful place, with its breath-taking views and pure,

The Big Lottery announces their Strategic Framework 2015-21

The Big Lottery’s new strategic framework sets out what people can expect from them as a funder over the next six years. Their vision is that people should be in the lead in improving their lives

Frack Free Promise

The Frack Free Promise is supported by Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.


Treework or arboriculture, often called tree surgery, is the maintenance of individual or small groups of trees, often in an urban environment. As trees can live for hundreds of years, the

The Nation's Favourite Wildflower Vote

Wild plants play a vital role for wildlife, including bees and pollinating insects. Plantlife have organised a national vote to find out the nations’ favourite wild flowers.

Be part of a

What is your experience of cycling across Metrolink tram tracks?

The Love Your Bike campaign is based in Greater Manchester. They aim to promote cycling and to help make it an attractive, accessible and fun way to get around. Cycling is far more than a leisure

Sign up to the Age-Friendly Manchester Challenge

Manchester City Council has now launched the Age-Friendly Manchester Challenge, to make Manchester a better place to grow older and to improve the lives of older people.

The Challenge is

Celebrating 20 years of the National Cycle Network

In September 1995 the Millennium Commission placed their faith in what was, at the time, a small charity, awarding Sustrans £42.5 million to create their vision of a UK-wide network of high-

Spring Swishing

Now spring is here, it's a great time to combine fun and fashion with a 'swishing' (or clothes swap) party with your friends. Get some fabulous, free clothes and accessories, without any damage to

Landscapes for Everyone: Creating a Better Future

With the support of 33 organisations CPRE has developed ‘Landscapes for Everyone: Creating a Better Future’. They have a shared vision of why British landscapes should be better valued for

The Green Standard Report

Campaign for Better Transport, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Green Alliance, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts and WWF have all contributed to the Green Standard Report, which reviews UK political

Aid Bill

After decades of tireless campaigning by Oxfam, parliament has passed a law guaranteeing the UK will spend 0.7% of national income on life-saving aid. The historic new law has the power to change

Ancoats Canal Project

The Ancoats Canal Project was established in 2011 and involves a group of residents, working in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and the Ancoats Residents Forum. They are committed to

Funding to Help Build Better Communities

Jewson are awarding funding of between £1,000 and £50,000 to community projects that will make a real difference to the lives of local people, now and in the future.

To celebrate and

The Real Junk Food Project in Manchester

The Real Junk Food Project is a concept that started in Leeds, and is now expanding to Manchester. The project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a

The Tudor Trust

The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust which supports organisations working in any part of the UK. The Tudor Trust funds a wide range of people and organisations working

Citizen Science in Manchester

In most cities and urban areas, pollution from road traffic and particularly from diesel fumes is the most significant cause of poor air quality. The World Health Organisation has confirmed that

It’s Time to Act for Nature’s Recovery.

The Wildlife Trusts are calling for every political party to recognise the wider benefits of protecting nature and commit to new legislation. They need their support for a Nature and Wellbeing Act

Space Available at Bridge 5 Mill

The mill boasts numerous fascinating features, the interior is like no other, giving the building its own fascinating character whilst promoting sustainability in every aspect. B5M is dedicated

'Even It Up'

Sign up to the 'Even It Up' campaign - a worldwide push to get inequality to the top of governments' agendas and spread the word.

The gap between the rich and the rest is getting even

First Ever Legal Obligation for Government to Provide for Cycling

Cycling and walking added to Infrastructure Bill

The Government's Infrastructure Bill will include provision for cycling and walking after an amendment proposed by Cambridge MP Julian

Power to Change

The Big Lottery Fund has recently awarded a £150m endowment to the Power to Change.

The Power to Change will be the largest trust of its kind in Europe and will provide funding and support

NCVO Funding Central

Do you need support and advice?

NCVO provides advice and support on a wide range of topics and in a variety of formats from practical how-to guides to video training courses or bespoke

Food Waste

Food waste was high on the political agenda in 2014. In January the British Retail Consortium announced that the major supermarkets would begin regularly reporting on the amount of food wasted in

Heritage Trees Get a Helping Hand

Trees across Greater Manchester, identified in the 'Trees in Need of TLC' survey conducted last year by Red Rose Forest will now receive the help they need to secure their future, courtesy of the

The Viable Economy Pamphlet

Steady State Manchester have published “The Viable Economy”; a pamphlet for everyone concerned about the dangers that we face from the current economic system and who would like to explore an


More housing is needed in England and the Campaign to Protect Rural England supports the Government’s policy that brownfield land should be used for new homes. However, current planning policy

Act for Nature

The Act for Nature campaign is led by The Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB, working together as part of a movement of people and organisations calling on all political parties to commit to bringing

Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.

In an attempt to lay down the ground rules for the crucial climate change summit in Paris next December, international negotiators reached a climate deal at the Climate Change Conference in Lima

Making good - The future of the Voluntary Sector

Making good - The future of the Voluntary Sector is a collection of essays by voluntary sector leaders.

Age-friendly Manchester Small Grants Fund – deadline 30 Jan 2015

The Age-friendly Manchester Small Grants Fund supports local groups with grants of up to £300, focusing on projects that reduce social isolation and loneliness.

The Grants Panel have

Effective Lobbying

Lobbying councillors in Manchester about the cuts is one of the key ways that councillors find out about what is going on and what is valued by their constituents.

Manchester councillors

Space Available at Bridge 5 Mill

The mill boasts numerous fascinating features, the interior is like no other, giving the building its own fascinating character whilst promoting sustainability in every aspect. B5M is dedicated

Forever Manchester Seed Fund – apply by 12 Dec 2014

The Seed Fund’s current funding priority is to encourage and support grass-root community activity. This means small, community-based and locally controlled, newly and emerging groups that have

Surviving Winter

Surviving Winter is an annual national campaign that helps older and vulnerable people, who may be facing fuel poverty in the colder months. Last year the Surviving Winter campaign raised £1,463,

Can you dig it?

Join Red Rose Forest and help with tree planting during December.
No experience necessary. All the equipment and light refreshments will be provided.

New Edition: One Million Climate Jobs - Tackling the Environmental and Economic Crises

The third edition of the ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ report, written with the support of trade unions and environmental groups has been completely revised, expanded and updated.

Greater Manchester signs up to Climate Change Adaptation

Greater Manchester joins more than 60 other cities committed to integrating climate change into all key plans and strategies as part of: 'Mayors Adapt'; the Covenant of Mayors Initiative on

Abandoned Buildings Brought ‘Back to Life’

The Deputy Prime Minister wants to see abandoned buildings brought ‘back to life’ in a renewed effort to tackle a chronic problem where vast sites in Northern cities become empty and unused for so

Manchester residents urged to make their metals matter

Manchester City Council is teaming up with Recycle for Greater Manchester and the metal packaging and recycling industry to launch a new campaign to urge people living in Manchester to make their

Better by Cycle

Cycling has several health and economic advantages. Research has shown that cyclists enjoy a life expectancy two years greater than the average and take 15% fewer days off work through sickness.

The Bee Action Plan Has Been Launched at Last!

Over the past couple of years Bee Cause supporters have taken more than
200,000 actions, created more than 80,000 bee-friendly spaces,
and spotted more than 800,000 bees in the first

IPCC Launches Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)

AR5 provides a clear and up to date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It consists of three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR).

Support the Right Kind of Bioenergy

Bioenergy can be a green energy solution but the Government needs to support the right kind of bioenergy. Using locally-sourced wood residues from sawmills to heat houses, for example, can have

Christmas Cards and Gifts from Oxfam and Friend's of the Earth.


An exclusive range of traditional and contemporary Christmas cards, calendars and diaries designed by Oxfam, are now available online. Every single item you buy helps create positive

Sale & Altrincham Conservation Volunteers (SACV)

The SACV share an interest in enjoyable and rewarding outdoor environmental work, and meet every second or third Sunday to undertake a variety of conservation tasks in roughly a ten-mile radius of

Welcome to the Three Bees

A warm welcome to our newest tenants, the Three Bees Cooperative. They are renting a workshop on the first floor of Bridge 5 Mill and will be using the space to make soaps, lip balms, candles,

Devolution - what would it mean for Manchester?

Manchester, along with other major UK cities, has long argued that Britain is over-centralised.

The Scottish referendum debate has ignited the whole issue of devolution to England’s cities

WANTED… your ideas for greening your neighbourhood

Community Forest Trust and TD have joined forces to launch TD Green Streets in the UK. TD Green Streets is a new funding programme designed to help groups to develop innovative greening projects

Results are in for the Great British Bee Count 2014

The results from the first ever Great British Bee Count are here! Thousands of people took part from all over the country to count over 830,000 bees – a fantastic effort by one and all and a great

The Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust Funding – next deadline 14 Nov

The Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust are seeking to make small to medium sized grants (£1,000 - £30,000 over a maximum of 3 years) to new and existing organisations to enable them to get

Our Space Your Place Grants

Our Space, Your Place offers organisations, community groups and charities across the region the opportunity to benefit from support in the form of funding or time, to improve their community.

How does online fundraising fit into your strategy?

Your chance to win an iPad Air: simply share your online fundraising experience.

Government funding cuts and austere times are pushing charities to be more entrepreneurial. At the same time

Check out the Community Enterprise Checker!

The Community Enterprise Checker is provided by Locality and partners the Plunkett Foundation and UnLtd. It is part of the community enterprise support funded by the Big Lottery Fund in

Are you a TV Natural? Do you have a passion for Gardening?

This is a gardening specific opportunity for someone from an ethnically diverse background.

Are you a TV natural waiting to be discovered or is there someone you know from an ethnic

Halloween Treat

Love Food Hate Waste raises awareness of the need to reduce food waste and helps us all take action to tackle it. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all

Autumn Trees and Gardens

As we leave the summer months behind and our trees are starting to look stunning in their wonderful autumn colours why not head outside and enjoy some of Greater Manchester's stunning outdoor

Manchester Peace and Social Justice Trail

The Origins of the Trail

The trail was designed in 2010 by the City Council’s Nuclear Free Local Authorities Secretariat and GMCND (based at MERCi) and has been revised as part of an EU-

Urban Gardening Takes Root in Prague

Three years after the opening of the first community garden in Prague, the idea of growing plants in the city seems to have put down firm roots and is quickly spreading all over the country, with

Do you want to make YOUR Big Bill into a Little Bill…?
Hundreds of Thousands took part in the People's Climate March 21 September 2014

Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers in more than 2,000 locations worldwide campaigning for curbs on carbon emissions ahead of

Equity Foundation Grants

The Equity Foundation grants exist to ensure that grassroots community groups are able to access the resources they need. Applications are encouraged from grassroots community groups and they have

LandAid Grant Application Deadline

Building Projects for Young People

UK registered charities can apply for capital grant funding for building projects and/or for free professional property advice.

Make It Shop

Rubbish Revamped is now part of the “Make It” shop.

“Make It” is a new enterprise which encompasses Rubbish Revamped. The Make It shop opened its doors to the public on 10 July and focuses

New Fund to Help Families Recycle

Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles has announced a new £5 million fund to help families recycle, without facing the threat of unfair bin fines or cuts to bin collection services.

The Greener Britain Report

A coalition of the UK’s leading environmental groups, including the National Trust, WWF, RSPB, Greenpeace, The Wildlife Trusts and Friends of the Earth have been working together over several

Food Poverty Fund - Apply For Funding to Tackle Food Poverty in Manchester

Manchester City Council are inviting not-for-profit organisations to apply for funding of between £5,000 and £50,000 to provide immediate food needs or other essential goods and services for

Kellogg Steps Up to Tackle Climate Change

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have joined together to change the way the food and beverage industry impact people and planet and recently Kellogg has announced it is stepping up

Garden Cities Prospectus and Online Green Spaces

The governments Garden Cities Prospectus invites local areas to submit their ideas for garden cities or suburbs near them.

Eight Reasons Charities Should be Interested in Their Archives

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is calling for charities to protect their historical records, engage with their history and help keep vital records of post-war Britain safe

“Grow your Own” Gardening Club Members

Emerge are seeking East Manchester residents and others (students, people looking for a regular activity) to take part in a variety of garden/grow your own veg and fruit related tasks, ideally at

Manchester’s State of the City 2013/2014 report released

The State of the City Report is an annual snapshot of the city’s progress towards the “vision” for a world class city by 2015. It provides a comprehensive assessment of achievements and

Heritage Lottery Funding for Ancoats Dispensary Trust

The grassroots organisation now known as Ancoats Dispensary Trust who have over the past 3 years developed from a campaign into a well organised development body are delighted to announce that

Be Proud Awards

Is there someone in your community that deserves a big thank you?
Do you have a neighbour you couldn’t live without or know of a local business that has a positive impact on your area? Is

State of UK Public Parks Report 2014

Campaigners have warned that Britain's parks are close to crisis point, because of budget cuts and staff losses. Public parks are predominantly owned and managed by local authorities but as a non

Small Changes, Big Difference Campaign

National Organic Fortnight has been replaced and has now become Organic September. This year the Soil Association is re-running their Small Changes, Big Difference campaign and are encouraging

Oxfam's Gaza Crisis Response

Oxfam teams are responding to the mounting human cost of the escalating violence in Gaza. They are trucking vital supplies of safe water to more than 55,000 people who have fled their homes and

Support British Grown Produce order a Herbie Box today!

From 2017, all of central government will commit to buying fresh, locally sourced, seasonal food, so that all food that can be bought locally will be bought locally.

Free Friends of the Earth Campaign Organising Programme

The Campaign Organisers Programme is a unique opportunity to develop real world skills with the help and guidance of some of Friends of the Earth’s most successful campaigners.

Commit 3

£200 to Clean-up your Community!

Manchester City Council are offering grants of up to £200 to help clean-up areas across Manchester.

Grants are available to help you to run regular clean-ups and, or greening events in the

The Veolia Environmental Trust grants – 2014 deadlines

The Veolia Environmental Trust is committed to supporting community and environmental projects across the UK. These include improving community halls, creating new play areas and skate parks, and

Bridge 5 Mill

A Unique Venue

Bridge 5 mill has offices, a conference room, exhibition space and meeting rooms for hire. It is owned and managed by MERCi and it is the City's first (and only!) Centre for

Manchester: A Certain Future – AGM 2014

In 2009 Manchester City Council launched 'Manchester: A certain future' in a bid to secure a common aim in the minds of organisations across Manchester. This aim was to reduce carbon emissions by

Litter Crackdown in Manchester

More than 600 specially designed litter bins have arrived in Manchester, funded by the Clean City Fund. The £14.5 million one off payment from the City Council's shareholding in Manchester

Sow Sew Flax Exhibition at Bridge 5 Mill

Come and visit our Sow Sew exhibition and see how something grown on local land can be turned into an everyday item or a beautiful piece of artwork from batiks to bags. Browse round the

New audio podcasts from the Charity Commission designed to help charity trustees

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published two new audio podcasts, designed to help charity trustees understand their duties under charity law.

A common vision for volunteering across Greater Manchester

In Greater Manchester there are some excellent examples of volunteer involvement – but also some very real threats to volunteering in the current climate. As resources for volunteering are cut,

The Green Deal: guide to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive


The Green Deal: guide to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

Published 6 June 2014
Department of Energy & Climate Change

The Domestic Renewable Heat

Routes to Reuse – Maximising Value from Reused Materials

The Local Government Association’s (LGA) report Routes to Reuse – Maximising value from reused materials highlights the £435 million of value available each year through disposal savings and

Stop companies fracking under homes without permission

Greenpeace have teamed up with Friends of the Earth to increase their strength and will be delivering a petition to stop David Cameron's proposal to change the law which would allow fracking

Ethical Sunscreens

Check out the Ethical Consumer; the UK's leading alternative consumer organisation for the ethical and environmental ratings for up to 19 brands of sunscreen, the SPF labelling system as well as

Join the Great British Bee Count

Join the Great British Bee Count to help build a nationwide picture of bees' health. There's currently no accurate picture of the condition of bees in the UK.

Bees are going hungry and

2014 FIFA World Cup to Host a 'Green Event'

As one of the largest sports events in the world, the FIFA World Cup has a considerable impact on society and the environment.

The sustainability strategy developed by FIFA and the LOC aims

Urgent action is needed in the UK and Europe to reduce food waste.

The House of Lords EU Committee said at least 90 million tonnes of food is wasted across the EU each year – including 15 million, representing a loss to business of £5bn, in the UK.

Home working gives big carbon savings

Increasing the number of staff working from home could save UK employers 3 million tonnes of CO2 and £3 billion in costs, according to the Carbon Trust.

In its latest report, the trust

The Wildlife Trusts Report - A greener vision for HS2

A challenge report from The Wildlife Trusts; 'A greener vision for HS2: Ideas for large-scale nature restoration along the HS2 proposed route' highlights the environmental damage likely to occur

Tree Station - New share offer now open

Did you know that most wood from trees in Greater Manchester is chipped and sent to power stations, while at the same time vast amounts of firewood, biomass woodchip and sawn timber are imported

Greater Manchester Food Strategy is Launched.

Fifty people attended FeedingManchester #15 & the launch of Gtr Mcr's Sustainable Food Strategy.

The Strategy was written with the support of over a hundred groups, small businesses and

Bridge 5 Mill - Office Space and Meeting Rooms Available in a Unique and Atmospheric Building!

Bridge 5 Mill a renovated silk mill, built in 1855 with special sustainability and conservation features offers a unique and fully accessible conference venue with conference floors and meeting

Green Economy Group Business Plan for Manchester

Green Economy Group Business Plan

Salford City Council Refuses to Discuss Anti-Fracking Petition

Over 3,000 local people in Salford have signed a petition opposing fracking and unconventional gas in the area. But despite strong public opinion, Salford City Council refuses to discuss the

Sustainable Timber

The TreeStation, based in Gorton, is a not-for-profit social enterprise aiming to make the best use of local timber resources. The by-products of routine tree maintenance work in Manchester are

Ancoats Dispensary Trust

Unfortunately the Ancoats Dispensary Trust’s initial submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Heritage & Enterprise Scheme was rejected in late March.

Although this was very

Get Walking Week 3-10 May 2014

Get Walking Week takes place between 3-10 May and the Ramblers will be encouraging us to get out and walk and discover the pleasures of walking and its health benefits as well as to promote “Get

Local and Community History Month 1 - 31 May 2014

May is dedicated to Local and Community History Month.

The aim of the month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all

National Vegetarian Week 2014

National Vegetarian Week 2014 runs from 19-25 May and is setting out to prove that going veggie is surprisingly simple.

Active Communities funding programme opens in Manchester, Stockport, Trafford and Salford

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year, that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,

Thomas Wall Trust Fund 2014

The Thomas Wall Trust consider applications for grants of up to £1,000 for small charities, running specific projects that address the educational and social needs of their communities.

Spirit of Manchester Awards 2014 - open for nominations!

This year's Spirit of Manchester Awards are now open for nominations! Don't miss the chance to highlight and celebrate all your work. The deadline is 30 May 2014.

Meat Free May

Register to take part in Meat Free May now

Meat and dairy production is responsible for 14.5% of all global greenhouse gas emissions and overfishing is damaging our marine ecosystems.

IPPC Climate Change Report 2014

A UN panel has released the most comprehensive assessment yet of the effects of climate change on our planet. Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say the "summary for

“Climate & Us” a new collaborative website launched

Climate & Us is brought to you by EDF Energy in collaboration with the Met Office and the University of Exeter.

Thriving Places Campaign

‘Thriving Places’ is VSNW’s and CLES’ campaign to develop a progressive and socially just vision of the voluntary and community sector’s role in the life of local places.

The Budget and The Voluntary Sector - some key points compiled by NCVO

1. Changes to digital Gift Aid

Ancient woodland under threat!

More than 440 ancient woods are under threat across the UK right now. Please be the voice they so urgently need - ask the Government to protect all ancient woodland today, before it’s too late.

Adactus Housing Association have relaunched their Neighbourhood Fund

Deadline: Friday 2 May 2014

A quarter of a million pounds is available for community and neighbourhood projects across the North West in areas where Adactus Housing Group have properties.

Local Food Roots – a film celebrating the local food movement

The Film is a co-production between f3 Local Food Consultants and Sprout Films

National Gardening Week 14-20 April 2014

National Gardening Week was launched three years ago by the RHS and since then has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening.

Recently published Beyond Flying by Chris Watson

Beyond Flying

Publication Details:
Binding: Paperback, 208 pages
ISBN: 9780857842091
Format: 198mm x 130mm
BISAC Code: BUS094000

FM Awards

£1,000 awards available across the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester.

Forever Manchester has developed a new awards programme which strips away the bureaucracy associated with traditional

Trustee Finder has relaunched

Small Charities Coalition has relaunched their free Trustee Finder service, which helps charities recruit new trustees.

Improvements have been made to significantly increase the number of

People’s Millions 2014 is open for applications

The Big Lottery Fund and ITV have launched the People's Millions public voting competition for 2014. This year organisations can apply for up to £50,000 for projects that help communities to enjoy

The Community Investment Fund

The Community Investment Fund
Are you a social enterprise or charity seeking investment?

The Community Investment Fund launched in February 2014. The fund invests debt and equity into

How to Win Bids

How to win bids
An extract from a recent Know How guide written for; giving advice on how to win bids, compiled by the Chair of Trustees for Wheels for Wellbeing who

Herbie coming to an estate near you!!!

Its official - we all need to eat much much more fruit and veg to live longer!! Forget 5 a day aim for 10! Herbie, MERCi’s mobile greengrocer, has started a number of new street stops in North and

Free Community Cracking Good Food and Love Food Hate Waste Cooking Sessions in March 2014

FREE Love Food Hate Waste Cooking Sessions Across Greater Manchester
Waste less and save around £50 a month!
Food waste is a big problem for both our pockets and environment, and

The Big Pedal 3-14 March 2014

The Big Pedal is a giant inter-school cycling and scooting competition that encourages children, teachers and parents to choose two wheels for their school journeys. All schools across the United

Add your Name to the Climate Week Declaration!

Add your name to the Climate Week Declaration urging the UK government to do more to prevent climate change.

Many leading people and organisations have already signed – including Lord Nick

Have a Meat Free Monday for Climate Week 3-9 March 2014

Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future.
Culminating in a week of activities, it showcases practical

Charityworks Graduate Programme  

The Charityworks Graduate Scheme is a professional development programme run by a partnership of charities and housing associations, and is carefully designed to find and grow the future leaders

Entry for the 2014 National Lottery Awards is now open! Deadline 12 March 2014

National Lottery Awards
Entry for the 2014 National Lottery Awards is now open!

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery funded projects.

Illegal Wildlife Trade

There's been an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade across the world in recent years, which is threatening to overturn decades of conservation successes, especially for key species like

It's time to act on flooding

It's been the wettest winter for 250 years. Everyone from the Met Office to David Cameron says climate change is making our weather more extreme.
But the Government has cut flood defence

Recent Policy Updates from Defra

Sustainable Development Indicators

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
SDI's updated January 2014

This revised set replaces the previous SDIs which had been

Could Beavers Help Prevent Flooding?

Should beavers be reintroduced?

After heavy floods across Southern England, there are calls for beavers to be reintroduced.

Clean The Streets Fund

A windfall from the city's share in the ownership of Manchester Airport will be used to carry out long overdue work on the city. A 100 hotspots could benefit from the £14.5m Clean The Streets

The City Health Check

Cities like Manchester should do more to improve their residents' health by creating healthy, green spaces to live and work in, according to a recent report; “The City Health Check” published by

The Big Picture

Join Friends of the Earth's Big Picture

To inspire people to look after Planet Earth upload a special photo with a donation and you could see it displayed at Waterloo Station from 24 – 29

Free tram and bus tickets to get drivers to ditch their cars

Transport bosses plan to tempt commuters out of their cars and on to public transport with free tram and bus tickets.

Transport for Greater Manchester staff will be knocking on doors in

Manchester BME Network Learning Circles 2014

Manchester BME Network is delighted to invite you to participate in their next Learning Circles. Learning Circles provide a space for you to come together with your peers to share your experiences

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales launches new strategy

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has announced its intention to launch a new funding strategy. The new strategy – to be launched in April - reflects discussions with charities and

Heritage Lottery Fund - Parks for People

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Parks for People is for projects related to historic parks and cemeteries in the UK. You can apply for a grant from £100,000 to £5million.

Parks for people

Carbon Co-op: Community Energy Strategy for Greater Manchester.

The Carbon Co-op are inviting people and organisations to get involved in the creation of a Greater Manchester Community Energy Strategy.

Generating Success project now finished

As the Generating Success Project has come to an end a look back on the main achievements

Climate Week 2014 event nominations

Climate Week 2014 will be taking place between the 3-9th March. It is Britain's biggest annual climate change campaign that aims to inspire and engage millions by raising awareness and creating

Trees needing TLC

Do any of the trees in your local area look in need of some TLC? Do you have a favourite tree? If so, Red Rose Forest (link to

A Warm Welcome at Debdale Eco Centre

Thankfully the rain held off when I visited the Team at Debdale Eco Centre last week. I was greeted outside the Eco Centre which is situated in Debdale Park overlooking the beautiful Gorton

Make a difference with Fairtrade Fortnight 24 February – 9 March 2014

Together we can make bananas fair

In the UK alone we eat 5 billion bananas a year. In the last 10 years, the UK supermarket sector has almost halved the shelf price of loose bananas while

Congratulations to The Manchester College for their Green Gown Award!

Highly Commended 2013 Green Gown Award – Construction and Refurbishment

Harpurhey Baths Upcycled

Manchester City Council Report for Information

Council Decision Making and Environmental Sustainability

This paper provides an overview of progress to date in embedding environmental sustainability as part of the council decision making

Friends of the Earth invite you to sign their petition to ask David Cameron to say no to fracking

David Cameron promised his would be the 'greenest government ever'

Yet he has come out in clear support of fracking, a new way of extracting yet more dirty fossil fuels, just when the UK

Faith Network 4 Manchester News at the beginning of 2014

Faith Network 4 Manchester would like to extend a warm invitation to their new events and projects in 2014 - its going to be a busy year for Faith Network 4 Manchester.

In Your Faith

Garden Bird Survey to Assess Light Pollution

Building on observations from the Shortest Day Survey (2004), the Early Bird Survey will investigate what effect, if any, light and heat pollution have on feeding patterns of birds. The British

Cameron Promises Councils "Fracking" Tax Boost

Councils that back "fracking" will get to keep more money in tax revenue as part of an "all-out" drive to promote drilling. Mr Cameron said English local authorities would receive all the business

Manchester City Council Climate Change Action Plan 2014-15 Progress Report

Manchester City Council have set themselves a long term target of reducing carbon emissions in Manchester by 41% by 2020.

This report is part of the Councils Annual Carbon Reduction Plan

Launch of Local Public Sector Funding Database

The new Local Public Sector Funding Database is available on Manchester Community Central website. It covers grants and tenders from Greater Manchester Public Authorities that are for work in

We Love MCR Charity – apply for a grant

Applications are invited from Manchester based Charities, Organisations and Others to the ‘We Love MCR Charity’ The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Charity Appeal Trust.

Aims of the Charity

Changes to charity annual return 2014

The Charity Commission has published the results of the consultation on proposed changes to the annual return and changes to the information displayed on the register of charities.

Winter Wildlife in Greater Manchester

Have you seen any wildlife where you live or work? There is still plenty about even in the middle of winter.

Please send your wildlife sightings to Greater Manchester Local Record Centre

Wildlife thrived in 2013 after hot summer

The hot summer in the UK provided a much-needed boost for wildlife with butterflies, moths and grasshoppers all thriving, the National Trust says.
The warm weather also led to an explosion

The Pedestrian Pound Report

The Pedestrian Pound: Can a Better Walking Environment Save Our Local High Streets?

Sow Sew update

The Sow-Sew project has continued to make progress since its launch in 2010 thanks to funding from Ernest Cook. There have been a few minor complications along the way such as the awful weather,

Sustainable Food Cities - The Kindling Trust helps win Sustainable Food Cities funding for Stockport.

Stockport becomes one of only six cities to be funded to become a beacon of food sustainability.

Cars 'still dominate commute to work'

The vast majority of people in England and Wales still commute to work by car, according to a new report.

The RAC Foundation report crunched the numbers from the last census in 2011 and the

Warm Homes Campaign

Warm Homes Campaign

National Energy Action (NEA) is the national charity which aims to eradicate fuel poverty and campaigns for greater investment in energy efficiency to help those who are

The Climate Change Act turns five

Five years ago the landmark UK Climate Change Act came into law.

It was an important moment for the thousands of people who campaigned for it through Friends of the Earth’s Big Ask

There is still time to put in an nomination for the International Women's Day Awards in Manchester

The closing date for International Women’s Day Award nominations has been extended until 10 December 2013.

If you know a fantastic woman or a group of women who deserve recognition, please

Christmas doesn't need to be a burden on the environment

Here are some ideas to help celebrate the season while caring for the earth.

Buy Less

Some holiday gifts fill a practical need and need to be bought new. But many gifts are really

Get your Christmas Bee Saver Kit today.

Donate. Save Britain's Bees

Our bees are dying out fast and a huge reason for this is the loss of their natural habitat. Right now, people are working together to help create bee-friendly

Festival of Winter Walks 21 December 2013 - 5 January 2014

Walking in a winter wonderland
Festival of Winter Walks
21 December 2013 – 5 January 2014

The Festival of Winter Walks was set up by Britain's walking charity, Ramblers. Their

International Animal Rights Day 10 December 2013

International Animal Rights Day (IARD) aims to serve the same purpose as it does every year - reminding human beings that every creature on the planet deserves to be treated with equal kindness


On the 9th of October 2013 Ancoats Dispensary Group were awarded a Start Up Grant of £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

This funding will enable the Group to:


Fantastic FREE Love Food Hate Waste Cooking Sessions continue - Across Greater Manchester December onwards

FREE Love Food Hate Waste Cooking Sessions Across Greater Manchester

Waste less and save around £50 a month!

Anti-fracking campaigners set up Salford camp

Anti-fracking protesters have set up camp at a planned gas-drilling site in Salford.

Around five tents have appeared on the two-acre site near Liverpool Road, between Eccles and Irlam.

Travel Choices - Grants Available

Travel Choices is offering grants to businesses for schemes which encourage employees to make sustainable travel choices.

Whether you want to build bike storage facilities at your premises

A World Class Building and a Legacy to be Proud of in Manchester

Greenest Building in the World opens in Manchester

The Co-operative Group’s £100m new office has been declared the most environmentally friendly building in the world. One Angel Square

Typhoon Devastation Appeals

Help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

Super-Typhoon Haiyan is thought to be the strongest typhoon ever to hit land. It is estimated to have killed thousands of people in the Philippines,

Rethinking Parks – Nesta, the Heritage Lottery and the Big Lottery Fund

Over the next two years, Nesta, The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Big Lottery Fund will back a small number of pioneering innovations, with a focus on finding the new business models that will

Free Sew Recycled classes across Greater Manchester

Recycle for Greater Manchester has teamed up with Junk Shop Manchester to deliver Free Sew Recycled classes across Greater Manchester

To check the upcoming dates and venues visit:

Community First funding is available in several wards across Manchester.

You can apply for £250- £2500. Decisions are made by a local panel. Each panel has set local priorities for their area.

You can find out more about these priorities by contact Manchester

Friends of the Earth invite you to “Partner a Campaigner”

Be informed, involve, inspired!

Campaigning. The most effective way to change the world.

Make your own Leafmould

Autumn leaves rot down to make leafmould - a pleasant, dark brown, crumbly material.

Leafmould is a good soil improver, lawn conditioner and mulch. It can be used in seed and potting mixes

Guidance : You’ve got the power: a quick and simple guide to community rights

The Department for Communities and Local Government has recently produced:

"You’ve got the power: a quick and simple guide to community rights"

British BIDs organisation to run £500,000 government loan fund.

A new half a million pound pot launched in mid October will help give local businesses a new way to generate extra funds for projects that will help communities to regenerate their own town

Switch your energy to a cleaner supplier

Friends of the Earth have teamed up with Ecotricity and Good Energy to make switching the gas and electricity to your home or business quick and simple.
These gold-standard green suppliers

Live Animals in Key Rings

STOP living animals keychain/lucky charm in China

Small fish, turtles and other amphibians are being sold in Beijing as mobile phone trinkets and key rings. The live trinkets have been

Help Advance an International Law of Ecocide

Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the

Free - Love Food Hate Waste Cooking Sessions Across Greater Manchester

Cracking Good Food is collaborating again with Recycle for Greater Manchester to deliver the programme of FREE hands-on cooking sessions for their 2013-14 Love Food Hate Waste  campaign.

Manchester's BME Network invite you to attend their new Learning Circles sessions

Following on from last year’s success, the Manchester BME Network is delighted to invite you to participate in their exciting new Learning Circles.
Learning Circles are all about peer

Grow Your Tenner Starts 15 October is giving away £500,000 as Grow Your Tenner returns for another year of match funding.

Friends of the Earth Campaign Organiser Programme

The Friends of the Earth new Campaign Organisers programme will help you develop your campaigning skills and make a real difference to your local environment.
For a commitment of about 3

Spirit of Manchester Awards 2013

On Thursday 26 September the first Spirit of Manchester Awards ceremony which highlighted the brilliant work of Manchester's voluntary and community sector, was held at NOMA, the new Co-operative

Urban climate preparedness in the UK

The ability of cities to combat the cause of climate change and to adapt to future weather patterns depends on where we live in the UK, new research suggests.

Make a Difference Campaign – October 2014

CSV (The UK Volunteering and Learning Charity) is seizing the momentum on the recent surge in volunteering popularity by urging people across the nation to Get Inspired as part of October’s Make a

International Women's Day Launch of Grant Applications.

Manchester’s chosen theme for International Women’s Day 2014 (8 March 2014) is ‘Women as Peacemakers’. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, International

October is International Walk to School Month

October is International Walk to School Month

International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is a global annual, premier event of the Active & Safe Routes to School program, taking place

Spirit of Manchester Awards shortlist announced

The judges, including the Lord Mayor of Manchester, have now met and decided on the shortlisted candidates for the first Spirit of Manchester Award! The nominations reflected all the exciting and

Sustainable fabrics at New York fashion week!

DuPont Biomaterials have used their sustainable Sorona Fibres – which are made from polymer taken from renewable plants such as corn, instead of traditional petrochemical ingredients – to

Help spend £15m to turn Manchester from ‘filthy’ to the ‘cleanest and greenest’

The windfall, from the town hall’s stake in Manchester Airport, will pay to spruce up the city’s grubbiest streets, parks and district centres.

A £15m jackpot is set to be used to clean up

Plastic bag profits should be donated, says Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has unveiled plans for a 5p charge on plastic bags in England and says he hopes retailers will give any profits to environmental charities.

The plan aimed

Manchester's Be Proud Awards

Recognise your local heroes and community champions by nominating them for this year's Be Proud Awards

The awards provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate volunteering excellence and

£20m to help local communities benefit from Green Deal

£20 million Green Deal Communities scheme to help local authorities drive street-by-street delivery of the Green Deal

UK has its first dedicated recycling plant for cartons.

The average person produces seven times their bodyweight in rubbish each year with just over 40% of it being recycled.

However, cartons were a problem as they had to be sent abroad to be

Manchester has been voted the best UK city to live in yet again in a worldwide survey.

The city outranked London being named the 51st best place in the world to live with Melbourne, Australia taking the overall title for the third year in a row.

The Global Liveability Survey

More Shoppers opt for Fairtrade

Shoppers are more interested than ever in Fairtrade according to research from IGD ShopperVista which was revealed at the Fairtrade Foundation annual commercial conference in London during the

The New Planning Guidance on Fracking - Communities are left on the side-lines warn FoE

Join Friends of the Earth and call for a stop to Fracking – we need clean energy, not more fossil fuels.

Friends of the Earth are urging people to write to their MP asking them to write to

Community Energy Fortnight - 24 August - 8 September 2013

The Community Energy Fortnight
24 August – 8 September 2013

Have your say on the future of central Manchester

The plans for regeneration of the five wards (Ardwick, Hulme, Longsight, Moss Side, and Rusholme) of central Manchester are being reviewed and the views of local residents, businesses and people

The Solar Schools Project

The Solar Schools project is putting clean energy in classrooms all over the country. Schools set a fundraising target for their very own solar roof, then everyone chips in to help make it happen

Planning and Renewable Energy - Guidance

Planning and Renewable Energy

Planning has an important role in the delivery of new renewable and low carbon energy infrastructure.

The Planning practice guidance for renewable and

Have you seen what's growing? A Manchester Fabric right here in Miles Platting

MERCi, in partnership with Adactus Housing have planted up a small area of flax next to the Adactus Housing Office.

Interested in helping to turn this plant into linen to make a Manchester

Free School Trees

Free trees for school, community and youth groups

The Woodland Trust have 4000 free tree packs to give away to school, community and youth groups this autumn.

Bring your community

Become a Digital Champion for Manchester

Join a new network of Digital Champions who will inspire, encourage and support people who are learning to use the internet.

The aim of the network is to give a helping hand to residents

Organic September

Celebrate all things organic this Organic September
September 2013
The Soil Association needs you to "Discover Organic".   And again this year we have a whole month to celebrate all

Public Consultation now launched! Have your say HS2 West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond....

High Speed Rail – Formal Public Consultation on the proposed route from the West Midlands to Manchester, Leeds and beyond has now been launched (closes on 1700 on 31 January 2014)

Cooking for Everyone - Free Sessions

Cooking for Everyone

Do you want to learn how to cook improve your baking skills, make dishes from scratch live better and spend less?

Then check out these FREE sessions at:

The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym

The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym

Want to improve your health and well-being but not too keen on running machines or lycra?

The Conservation Volunteers Green Gym® is a scheme


The application to demolish the historic Ancoats Dispensary has been withdrawn by the owner Urban Splash who applied to demolish the Grade II-listed building in 2011.

Planting on Prescription

Planting on Prescription is an innovative project funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme and the Tudor Trust. HCGC will deliver ‘social prescriptions’ working in conjunction with GP

Sharp rise of 8% in UK animal experiments

The number of animal experiments carried out in the UK rose by 8% in 2012, according to Home Office figures.

The rise is due to a growth in the use of genetically modified (GM) animals.

Acute Oak Decline

The government is stepping up monitoring of a disease thought to pose a serious threat to UK oak trees. The oak is found in most woods in the UK, and is the dominant tree in many areas of the

Let's get the right planning guidance for fracking

Fracking for shale gas is one of the most controversial environmental issues facing the UK.

The process involves drilling a well into rock formations thousands of metres below the Earth's

Lightshaw Meadows needs your vote

Lightshaw Meadows has been nominated for a National Lottery Award!

Stevenson Square green makeover begins

Exciting plans to give Manchester's Stevenson Square a green makeover are underway after local residents and businesses pledged cash to support the project.

Red Rose Forest is transforming

Vegeterian Society Certification

The Green Stationery Company has achieved Vegetarian Society certification for a range of recycled papers used for menus and place mats. Papers with graphics coatings can contain animal rennet and

Spirit of Manchester Awards 2013

Spirit of Manchester Awards

The Spirit of Manchester Awards is a series of awards for Manchester's voluntary and community sector. They are supported by the Voluntary Sector Assembly and

European Targets for Biofuels made from Food Crops Drive Deforestation and Hunger.

A continued policy of high subsidies and targets will cause EU biofuel consumption to double by 2020. The idea was to reduce the negative climate impacts of driving, but it could actually make

Overfilling kettles wastes £68m a year, says recent report by the Energy Saving Trust (EST)

Some 40% of people boiled water five times a day or more, the study found

Three-quarters of British households overfill their kettles, wasting a total of £68m each year, an Energy Saving

Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester City Council (MCC) are consulting on significant changes to several key roads in Manchester.

Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester City Council (MCC) are consulting on significant changes to several key roads in Manchester. The proposals include removing private cars off most of Oxford Road

Green Camping

Green camping

Camping's a great way to enjoy the UK countryside. Here are some tips from Friends of the Earth to help reduce your impact on the environment while you make the most of the

Database of Earth Charter and International Law principles

Last year, Earth Charter International joined efforts with the University for Peace (Costa Rica) and Simon Bolivar University (Venezuela) to create a publication called:   Earth Charter and

Launch of Earth Charter documentary and World Environment Day celebrations

As part of World Environment Day events, Earth Charter International officially released its new short documentary "The Earth Charter in La Reforma".

FREE CRB checks for Volunteers who are resident in Manchester.

FREE CRB checks for Manchester

CRB (DBS) CHECKS - Volunteer Centre Manchester

Free CRB (DBS) checks for Manchester Volunteers
A dedicated Criminal Records

The science museums in Bradford, Manchester and York won’t be closing down!

Great news - we did it! The science museums in Bradford, Manchester and York won’t be closing down! Culture minister Ed Vaizey has announced that he will decrease the proposed cut to the museums’

Do you have an idea to make Miles Platting a better place for everyone?

Do you require up to £3,000 to put your idea into action?

Would you like a say in what groups or ideas get funding to develop projects in Miles Platting?

Adactus Housing has once

Every Can Counts

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of National Recycling Week (17-23
June) EMERGE is launching the Every Can Counts scheme to provide
businesses in the Manchester area with a recycling

Walking the Breadline: The scandal of food poverty in 21st-century Britain - Report

Walking the Breadline: The scandal of food poverty in 21st-century Britain

Published 30 May 2013

Details: Authors, Cooper, Niall & Dumpleton, Sarah
ISBN: 978-1-78077-334-

Free fun run in the Peak District for Small Charities Saturday, 6th July 2013

The Challenge is a 4k or 10k route around the Monsal Trail in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District, Derbyshire.

It is open for all small charities to enter free of charge,

Do you care about a clean, healthy future for people and the planet?

Please sign the WWF Pledge

The launch of the WWF Seize Your Power campaign on World Environment Day witnessed a sweep of local and global, online public actions to signal the start of the

Visits to Co-operatives & Social Enterprises 22 June - 6 July 2013

Interested in finding out more about co-operatives and social enterprises in Greater Manchester?

Want to attend visits, but need your travel costs paid?

Demonstrate your impact - Showcase your charity on BBC Big Screens across the UK

Celebration Day - Saturday 22nd June

Demonstrate your impact - Showcase your charity on BBC Big Screens across the UK
On Celebration Day (22nd June) we are teaming up with BBC

Iain Duncan Smith will be held to account for his misuse of Government statistics. 

Last month Iain Duncan Smith told journalists that one million people are claiming benefits yet able to work. The problem was it wasn't strictly true. 

That's why 96,666 people signed the

State of the Voluntary Sector – Research Report (May 2013)

State of the Voluntary Sector – Research Report (May 2013)

8 things you should know about the Voluntary Sector in Manchester...

1. In 2012/13 there were 3,093 community and voluntary

Wildlife stocktake highlights UK's most threatened species – The State of Nature Report May 2013.

An unprecedented stocktake of UK wildlife has revealed that most species are struggling and that one in three have halved in number in the past half century. It suggests 60% of animal and plant

Volunteers' Week 1-7 June 2013

Volunteers' Week 1-7 June 2013

Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign which takes place on 1-7 June and celebrates the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

National Vegetarian Week 2013

National Vegetarian Week 2013

Monday 20 May – Sunday 26 May

Celebrate National Vegetarian Week by going meat-free – there really is no better time to give it a try!



Minister discusses GM Green Deal

Greg Barker, Minister for Climate Change made a visit to Manchester on Thursday, May 9 to discuss

Hulme Community Garden Centre does Blue Peter

Hulme Community Garden Centre does Blue Peter

Resident trainer at Hulme, Katherine Kennedy, made a guest appearance on Blue Peter recently, showing the Blue Peter Team how to grow herbs at

Red Rose Forest is planning to transform Manchester's Stevenson Square this summer.

Red Rose Forest is planning to transform Manchester's Stevenson Square this summer. 

But they need your help to turn their vision into reality.

They want to plant street trees, add

The Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme – help for local groups develop neighbourhood plans

The Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme – help for local groups develop neighbourhood plans

Locality is providing support and grants to help hundreds of areas across

Scale of Climate Week 2013 & Dates of Climate Week 2014

Scale of Climate Week 2013

Climate Week in March 2013 involved a massive 3,500 events attended by half a million people across the UK. Social media activity was also huge - Climate Week was

Discover a more sustainable way to travel by car

Car sharing and car clubs

Discover a more sustainable way to travel by car.

What is car sharing?
When two or more people arrange to share a car: something many of us do on a

Greater Manchester is aiming to become Britain’s electric-car capital

Greater Manchester powering up for electric cars

Government advisers say Britain needs to have 1.7m electric vehicles on the road by 2020 if carbon cutting targets are to be met.

Greater Manchester TreeStation Ltd now has a Woodchip Bay

Woodchip bay constructed - Greater Manchester TreeStation Ltd

Bee Saver Kits

Save Britain's bees. Donate to get your Bee Saver Kit now!

Our bees are dying out fast and a huge reason for this is the loss of their natural habitat. They've lost 97% of their grassland

Get Walking Week 4 - 11 May 2013

Get Walking Week
4-11 May 2013

Get Walking Day just got bigger it's now Get Walking Week!  This year the Ramblers are extending the event to a whole week.

The purpose of the

Race against time to save historic Ancoats Dispensary - '13th hour' stay of execution

Race against time to save historic Ancoats Dispensary

Historic Ancoats Dispensary has been given a ‘13th hour’ stay of execution – after it was set to be demolished. Councillors have ruled

Voluntary Job Opportunity: Chair, Manchester: A Certain Future Stakeholder Steering Group Closing Date: Midday Friday 10 May 2013

Manchester: A Certain Future Stakeholder Steering Group, Chair Manchester. (Voluntary Opportunity)

Location: Manchester
Contract Type:

Silver Community Reporters Training Sessions - Video and Audio (May 2013)

Silver Community Reporter Training sessions - Video and audio

Do you know community groups who would like to highlight their work and its impact? They may even encourage new donations or

Monday 22 April Earth Day 2013

What day of the week is Earth Day 2013? This observance always falls on April 22.

On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature! Walk

Short Story Contest - Manchester Climate Monthly

Manchester Climate Monthly are looking for short stories on the theme of "Manchester (UK) in a warmer world"

Top prize is £200 in cold hard cash. There are second and third prizes too!

Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership

MMU chose Climate Week to launch the Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership (GMHP) which has been founded by Manchester Metropolitan University and the GMCA Low Carbon Hub. The GMHP is a working

Realising Nature's Value a new report

Realising Nature's Value – A new report

Realising nature’s value is a report from the independent, business-led, Ecosystems Markets Task Force.  It strongly signals the need to take a fresh

Greater Manchester Cycle 30 June 2013

The Great Manchester Cycle, taking place Sunday 30 June 2013, is a unique urban based mass participation cycle event. The event offers 3 different distances for cyclists of all abilities, using a

Small Charity Week - 17 - 22 June 2013

Small Charity Week 2013
17 – 22 June

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to

2013 International Year of Water Cooperation

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Keep Climate Change in the Curriculum

Right now, the government is considering dropping climate change from the national geography curriculum. Join the thousands of people who have already taken action.

Teaching about climate

Recycle Your Paint

Community RePaint is a network of paint reuse schemes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Last year, it saved 387,495 litres of paint from going to waste by distributing it to

The Energy Bill Revolution

The Energy Bill Revolution

We are facing an energy bill crisis, with millions of people struggling to heat their homes.

1 in 4 households in the UK are now in fuel poverty, meaning

Climate Week - Britain’s biggest ever environmental occasion

Climate Week 2013 was Britain’s biggest ever environmental occasion. Over 3,400 events were registered, attended by about half a million people. They involved every part of society and showed an

Urban Foxes - Surge in Sightings around Manchester

Don't feed the fox: That's the plea by experts after surge in urban sightings

A flurry of fox sightings in the city has urged wildlife experts to warn residents not to feed them.

Big Tree Plant - Application Deadline 15 March 2013

The Big Tree Plant Funding Scheme

The Big Tree Plant is an England-wide campaign launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to encourage and support people

Easy things to do for Climate Week

There are lots of quick but impactful things you can still do for Climate Week:

Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 (25 February - 10 March)

Fairtrade Fortnight sets aside two weeks every year in which the principles and products of Fairtrade are promoted and the links between consumers and producers is highlighted. Fairtrade

Love Bikes - Love Learning

Love Bikes – Love Learning – forthcoming cycling training and events in Greater Manchester

Climate Week 4 - 10 March 2013

So far there are more than 2,000 events registered for Climate Week

Professional events such as a Belfast conference called Climate Change, Business Risk and Reward; the world’s biggest

National Nest Box Week

National Nest Box Week aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.

Last Free Courses Offered

Debdale Eco Centre and Hulme Community Garden Centre

Last FREE allotment Courses

Starting Wed 6th Feb for 6 weeks at Hulme Community Garden Centre
Sat 23rd Feb a one

New posts for the New Year at MACC

Macc are advertising 4 new posts for the New Year

Application Deadline is Monday 7 January. To find out more please click on the links below:

Reception Worker

Festive Greetings via Ecard

Send an ecard anywhere in the world

Why not say it with an ecard to your friends, family or colleagues? They're environmentally friendly, free, fast, and unlimited.

Choose from a

News from Cracking Good Food - Upcoming Cooking Sessions for 2013

A New Programme of workshops and sessions begins in January 2013....

Support for applicants to the Manchester Youth Fund and Play Fund

Manchester Youth Fund and Play Fund 2013 - 2015

First Ever Manchester Survey of the Third Sector

Manchester State of the Sector Survey - 3 weeks to complete!

Deadline: Friday 21 December 2012

Please help build up a full picture of the wide range of groups and organisations,


£5,000 grant funding available for community groups in Manchester getting behind greener travel

Freewheeling: FREE adult cycle training!

If you don't cycle and want to learn, or are returning to cycling after a few years and want to brush-up on your technique then this FREE adult cycle training could be right up your street.

EN4M database update

As you are aware, as part of reshaping support for the local voluntary and community sector, EN4M is working with MACC and partners to look at how we collect and share information with local

Campaign to Save Ancoats Dispensary

The Fight2SaveAncoatsDispensary campaign group has been formed by local people in the community who are totally opposed to the demolition of the Grade II listed building on Old Mill Street.

Birchfields Park has been awarded a Green Flag!

Massive congratulations to Birchfields Park who have just been awarded a Green Flag! The Green Flag award recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country.

News from Cracking Good Food

We’ve got a busy public programme of cooking sessions planned for the Autumn, including breadmaking, Japanese cuisine, Punjabi cooking, sustainable fish, pastry making with The Gingerkid, a ‘top

How green are the games?

Bioregional and WWF have just published an update on the London Olympics' sustainability strategy which looks at what progress is being made on the original strategy. The report concludes that

Feed in Tariff Frequently Asked Questions

Ahead of changes to the Feed in Tariff on the 1st August 2012 the government has released a 'Frequently Asked Questions' document to explain what the changes mean:

Inquiry on transport and the accessibility of services

Information about a new government inquiry from the Environmental Audit Committee that EN4M members may wish to submit evidence to:

Job opportunity at Emerge

EMERGE 3Rs has a paid employment opportunity for a new Volunteer Coordinator. The main purpose of the role is to develop and coordinate EMERGE's volunteering programme which involves volunteers in

Treestation - a new project for Manchester

An exciting new project is being set up in Manchester to make the most of wood that is a by-product of park management and recreational woodlands in the area. Greater Manchester TreeStation is the

Update: ‘Getting Moving: A Manifesto for Cycling In Greater Manchester’ launched.

Press release from Love Your Bike:

On Friday 8th June, over 35 representatives from businesses, public and private sector

Looking to grow? Get involved with the Land Army.

If you're keen to get out into the open, learn how to grow produce, meet new people and help out organic farmers in Greater Manchester, why not join the ranks of The Land Army?

With regular

Big Dig hits Manchester!

If you are a food growing project in Greater Manchester, or a someone who would like to get involved in one, Big Dig is the project for you!

Big Dig is an 18 month project (managed in

Invitation from LSEN to participate in Adult Learners Week

The Learning, Skills and Employment Network (LSEN) will be holding a special Fringe Learning Celebration Event as part of Adult Learners’ Week 2012. We are inviting you to work with us to deliver

Heritage Lottery Fund Launches All Our Stories Grants Scheme

The Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a new £1 million grants programme called "All Our Stories" to support local projects across the UK that want to explore their local heritage.

A wide

Friends of the Earth Road Safety Bill campaign

Manchester Friends of the Earth is supporting local MP John Leech's call for safer roads and is urging Greater Manchester residents to ask their MP to do the same when the

Announcing the Fallowfield Secret Garden

The Fallowfield Secret Garden is an ambitious community project aiming to create a green space in the heart of suburban South Manchester. This land has been made available by the housing

Grants for Gardening Projects

North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) has launched a new Grants Scheme, offering grants from £100 - £2,000 to community groups and organisations within the North of England to fund

Job Opportunities at Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind

Tameside Oldham and Glossop Mind is a local mental health charity that employ a range of innovative approaches to improve the general well-being of local communities.

Greater Manchester energy advice service to remain open

Good news! Although the funding from the Energy Saving Trust for an advice service in Greater Manchester has been withdrawn, AGMA have decided to continue to fund a local energy saving advice

Foxes in your garden?

Have you got an active Fox Earth near you? If so, Wild About manchester want to know about it!

Foxes have adapted to the urban environment incredibly well, and we want to know where these

Job opportunity with Oxfam

Business Support Assistant, Routes to Solidarity project
Oxfam UK Poverty Programme

P/T – 8 hours a week based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester
Fixed term contract until 31st

New cycle hire at Manchester Piccadilly Station

From 3rd April a new cycle hire scheme will be open at Manchester Piccadilly station.

Greater Manchester: ‘Getting Moving on Cycling’?

On Friday 30th March, Love Your Bike are inviting people to join one of the Bike Friday ‘cycle to work’ rides to support the launch of ‘Getting Moving: A Manifesto for Cycling In Greater

Greater Manchester Local Nature Partnership online survey

As part of the consultation process regarding the proposed establishment of a Local Nature Partnership for Greater Manchester, an online survey is being conducted.

Opportunity for experienced garden designer

An experienced garden designer with community engagement experience is wanted to collaborate with a visual artist on a project in Bolton. Please contact Brian at Leaf Arts for more information:

Big Wildlife Garden Competition

What you do for the nature on your doorstep can make a big difference for wildlife. And it’s not just wildlife that benefits. You’ll feel good too: getting outdoors can be both relaxing and

What's Manchester doing for the Earth Summit 2012?

Is anyone thinking of putting on an event to tie in with the Earth Summit 2012? Or would you be interested in doing something? If so please get in touch with Vicky Sinclair from Arcspace, who is

Over 55s - Your opinions on climate change are needed!

In June 2012 the environment will once again be in the international spotlight as world leaders descend on Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) for the United Nations Conference for Environment and Development

New Biodiversity Action Plan for Manchester

The Manchester Biodiversity Action Plan 2012–2016 has recently been finalised by Manchester City Council. This plan replaces the Manchester Biodiversity Action Plan 2005–2011. The full document is

Invitation to Research: Age Friendly Community Pilot Project, South Manchester

Southway Housing Trust is inviting advisors to put forward a proposal to conduct a community audit and create a project evaluation framework based on the principles of the World Health

Impact of Spending Cuts on Communities - A GMCVO Survey

Please help us to find out how local people and communities in Greater Manchester are faring in a climate of economic difficulty. We think local voluntary groups and the people linked with them

Manchester gets 399,800 pounds from the Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund

MACC, Manchester Alliance for Community Care and its partners, have been successful in bidding for £399,800 from the Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund, along with GMCVO who were successful in

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment published

The Government published the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) on 25 January 2012, the first assessment of its kind for the UK and the first in a 5 year cycle.

Views sought on a Local Nature Partnership for Greater Manchester

As part of the consultation process regarding the proposed establishment of a Local Nature Partnership (LNP) for Greater Manchester, an online survey is currently being conducted.

Whole Box veg box scheme launched

Looking for affordable and delicious fruit and vegetables in Salford?

The Whole Box provides fresh, beautiful and local food for communities in Salford and we’d love you to join the areas

Get involved with some forest gardening

The Biospheric Foundation are working alongside Urban Vision, East Salford Community Committee & the Anaconda Project to make our local communities more sustainable & resilient. To help us

Manchester's Core Strategy consultation

Hearing sessions for independent examination of Manchester’s Core Strategy took place between 22nd and 25th November 2011. The Council is consulting on changes to the Core Strategy which have


The Sow Sew project used a brownfield site in Manchester to grow flax, to create a local sustainable material.

What the Frack is shale gas?

What the Frack is shale gas and what has it got to do with me?

With concerns mounting over the environmental impacts of ‘fracking’ and shale gas exploration in the North West, Manchester

Herbie Veg Bags now available

Bag some delicious, seasonal, fresh fruit and vegetables for you and
your family, with no extra hassle and no extra cost. Herbie veg bags are
available in: small £3.50, medium £5.00

Bike Recycling

We need bikes, bike parts, wheels, trailers etc for the project. It doesn’t matter if it works or not as we work with groups to fix them up. We will accept most parts and bikes in good condition

Flax growing in Manchester

Just down the road from Bridge 5 Mill where MERCi is based a very unusual crop has been growing this summer - flax. The Sow Sew project was the winner of a competition to find a temporary use for

Levenshulme Inspire opens its doors

The Centre, developed by Great Places Housing Group for the Inspire partnership, is now open to everyone with a café, community rooms for hire, a social media suite, apartments and a business

Sharing the City Exhibition

Manchester School of Architecture projects group (msap) have spent this year using their architectural skills and imaginations in collaborative projects working to make Manchester more inclusive,

Envirolution Festival

The festival's aim is to create a welcoming and open space for people to present their solutions and achievements. We will be engaging with people from various communities through activities