Community Toolbox – Out Now!

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Sue Antrobus, our Tees Valley Wild Green Places Manager, has compiled this fabulous community toolbox for volunteer groups. It’s a guide to everything you need to run volunteer activities in aid of conservation and your beloved green spaces. You’ll find inside 84 full-colour pages covering, for instance, useful information on everything from organising a litter pick, to risk assessments and outreach. It’s available for only £10 plus postage and packaging. What’s stopping you?

In October 2020. the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust published ‘Wilder Community Green Spaces – a practical toolbox for volunteer groups‘. This guide is based on the Trust’s experiences gained through delivering the Tees Valley Wild Green Places project. It captures the experiences of volunteer groups taking on the challenges of caring for their local green spaces. In addition, there are many of the answers to questions these groups discovered along the way.

What’s inside your community toolbox?

There is a wealth of practical ideas, from creating wildlife habitats to organising and delivering practical projects. You will also find advice on engaging the local community and harnessing social media.

“It’s really important to be able to share our successes and challenges with people.” Anne Dawson, Group Secretary, Friends of Bluebell Beck.

The guide is a culmination of our five-year project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Local communities can play an invaluable role in bringing their passion, energy and commitment to caring for our green spaces. Above all, we hope this guide will give inspiration and the tools people need to get started and avoid common pitfalls.

“When I started a friends group I would have loved to have access to a guide like this.” Scarlet Pink, Chair of the Friends of Nature’s World in Middlesbrough.

You can read the full story in the Winter Issue of Wild Tees Magazine. Become a member and you will receive your issue of Wild Tees Magazine and much more. Hit that ‘Join’ button at the top of the page!