“To create useable, green community spaces by engaging the local community in design, implementation and management of the sites”
Groundwork Erewash Valley works to improve all environments, from woodlands to schools and housing estates. Groundwork aims to involve the community in improving and maintaining their environment, and educating communities in the importance of biodiversity, recycling and waste management.
Groundwork manages officially designated Local Nature Reserves within the Derby & Derbyshire area. These can be in rural areas, but are more often what we term as ‘green oases’ and can be found throughout urban areas.
The Community Wildspaces project encourages local communities to become actively involved in maintaining their existing environment and in creating new ‘green oases’ in their local areas.
The scheme also aims to develop better access and interpretation on these sites, as well as holding events to raise awareness of nature reserves and green spaces, that are on people’s doorsteps.
Art and Regeneration
The arts have always been used by Groundwork as a regeneration tool and can help make a significant contribution to communities and the environment. Art is a successful way of engaging people from all ages, backgrounds and cultures and encouraging participation and celebration.
Groundwork has established good links with community arts organisations to manage, commission and deliver a wide variety of arts projects and programmes. More recently Groundwork in the East Midlands has developed a strategic arts policy through a new Arts programme.
The programme involves 14 artists from a range of backgrounds providing advice, guidance and support to staff. The artists will be working within the Trusts to help devise inventive and relevant artists briefs by looking to at upcoming projects and considering how they can become involved and the ways artists can be used in the future.