Public realm

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Involving residents in their local greenspaces has a massive impact on a host of community issues. Local people will take pride in their local areas, whilst learning new skills and improving their health and wellbeing. Improving engagement with outdoor spaces, as well as their quality will help to reduce crime and make the area more desirable to live in.

Examples of work in this field include:

  • Development of community allotments and community gardens in County Durham and Gateshead to provide community growing spaces, training and education in horticulture, working with young people and young offenders
  • Development of play areas and youth recreation sites, with associated public realm improvements by enabling young people to develop ideas and realise projects in their own communities
  • Development of community masterplans for Leeds City Council’s housing associations (ALMOs) working in partnership with local communities and other housing associations on delivering schemes with a range of private and public sector partnerships
  • Development of the Incredible Edible beer garden at Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom from an acre of derelict land
  • Supporting local communities to develop growing partnerships, including Incredible Edible Ramsbottom and a Britain in Bloom Silver Gilt award; establishment of Incredible Edible in Heaton Park, in partnership with Incredible Edible Prestwich and District; various community and school food growing and cook and eat schemes
  • Regeneration and refurbishment of the boarded-up cafes in Heaton Park, Manchester, which were run as a social enterprise to support young people into training and employment
  • Regeneration of the derelict former council greenhouse site in Heaton Park, Manchester as a community garden and youth training facility
  • Successful crowdfunding of a community orchard in Heaton Park, Manchester and the corporate sponsorship of a community bee, designed by young people, as part of the Manchester ‘Bee in the City’ public art exhibition