Woodland Trust’s free trees scheme urges community groups and schools to be part of a “green recovery”

Community groups and schools in the UK wanting to plant trees as to be part of a “green recovery” have until 14 August to get their applications into the Woodland Trust. Some 560,000 saplings will be made available, ready for the planting season, as part of the Woodland Trust’s free tree scheme. Packs contain a mix of UK sourced and grown native broadleaf species such … Continue reading Woodland Trust’s free trees scheme urges community groups and schools to be part of a “green recovery”

Giant heart shapes in Bristol parks help encourage social distancing

Councils in Bristol have come up with a lovely idea to help encourage social distancing in their parks by creating heart shapes on the grass which adhere to the two metres apart rule. The hearts, which are three metres wide, have been spray painted on the grass with eco-friendly white spray paint, with each heart situated two metres apart from each other. So far, 374 … Continue reading Giant heart shapes in Bristol parks help encourage social distancing

Radio Garden: Enabling listeners to globetrot the airwaves with access to more than 8000 live radio stations

Globetrot via radio airwaves with Radio Garden, which allows you to listen to thousands of live radio stations worldwide by rotating the globe on a 3D Google Earth interface. Available via the Radio Garden website or through its iOS and Android Apps, Radio Garden enables users to choose from local radio stations or somewhere further afield. Every green dot represents a city or town. Tap … Continue reading Radio Garden: Enabling listeners to globetrot the airwaves with access to more than 8000 live radio stations

Street artist Nathan Murdoch’s anti-racism mural promoting unity picks up worldwide following George Floyd death

Street artist Nathan Murdoch who created a powerful anti-racism mural in a Peterborough underpass has seen renewed interest in his artwork worldwide following George Floyd’s death in Minnesota last week. Nathan Murdoch created the huge piece, depicting two people of different races shaking hands, with their arms forming a heart shape, last year to promote unity. The work was sprayed onto the wall in an … Continue reading Street artist Nathan Murdoch’s anti-racism mural promoting unity picks up worldwide following George Floyd death

Electric motorbikes helping rural women in Zimbabwe earn an income and pick up essentials for their families

Women in Zimbabwe are being given access to electric tricycles helping them to transport and sell their goods, as well as shave off hours usually spent walking to pick up essential items for their families. Powered by a solar-charged lithium ion battery, the three-wheeler, known as the Hamba, is being piloted by start-up Mobility for Africa, which leases the motorcycle to women in Wedza in … Continue reading Electric motorbikes helping rural women in Zimbabwe earn an income and pick up essentials for their families

Main Street Project providing bilingual training programme to teach farm labourers how to start their own sustainable farms

Minnesota-based nonprofit Main Street Project, which runs a 100-acre farm in Dakota County without the use of chemicals and operates on a shared economy model, is providing bilingual training programmes to teach local farm labourers how to start their own sustainable farms. Main Street Project’s poultry-centered regenerative agriculture training provides classroom and on-farm instruction. The goal is to provide local farm labourers, often Latino and … Continue reading Main Street Project providing bilingual training programme to teach farm labourers how to start their own sustainable farms

The Beach Co-op: New moon beach cleans helping to keep South Africa’s beaches clean and healthy

An all-female team based in South Africa meet with volunteers every new moon to remove plastic pollution from their local surf break – the rocky shore at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg Beach. Organised by the non-profit organisation, The Beach Co-op, the clean-ups aim to keep South Africa’s beaches clean and healthy, to empower coastal communities as guardians of the oceans, and to address issues around … Continue reading The Beach Co-op: New moon beach cleans helping to keep South Africa’s beaches clean and healthy

CultureHouse: Turning vacant shops in to thriving pop-up community spaces

CultureHouse is bringing local communities together in the Boston area by turning unused spaces into places to work, play, and make connections. The Boston nonprofit has been occupying vacant shops hosting pop-up events such as game nights, community dinners, conversations, film screenings, and live music in efforts to foster community. CultureHouse aims to be a community living room, for everything from book clubs and brainstorming … Continue reading CultureHouse: Turning vacant shops in to thriving pop-up community spaces

Vía Orgánica: Teaching local farmers in Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende how to farm without chemicals and encourage biodiversity

Vía Orgánica – a regenerative farm in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – is on a mission to promote good nutrition through organic agriculture, fair trade, a healthy way of life and protecting the planet. The non-profit organisation, which was established in 2009, not only grows and sells fresh, organic produce to the local community, but it also runs an educational centre, restaurant, weekly street … Continue reading Vía Orgánica: Teaching local farmers in Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende how to farm without chemicals and encourage biodiversity

Pocket Parks: New funding announced for community groups to create green spaces

Community groups in the UK wanting to create “pocket parks” in their area for use as children’s play areas, vegetable patches or community events can now bid for funding for green spaces under the government’s “pocket parks” programme. The £1.35 million fund was announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick as part of the UK Government’s plans “to improve the mental and physical health of local … Continue reading Pocket Parks: New funding announced for community groups to create green spaces