What an exciting year it has been for me. I have created a gallery of photo's for viewing in the media gallery. These activities represent what a busy and productive year I have had. I was really excited to be asked to design and install a park bench for Cringle Park in Levenshulme. I am confident the bench is sturdy enough to take park life and will be enjoyed by park users for many years to come. I look forward to it becoming a little weathered and will return periodically to ensure it has wood protector applied. Go and check my bench out. It is at the Crosby Road entrance of Cringle Park. I was proud to be able to work within the Horticultural Glasshouses in Wythenshawe Park. The work there ensures DDA access through the pathway of the glasshouses, and the beds that were disrupted with the work were re-planted and improved. Further works programmed for 2014. If you have never been to the Horticultural Centre at Wythenshawe Park I recommend a visit. Maintaining park facilities is another aspect to my work and I am proud of the toilet block in Fletcher Moss Park. I hope any park users also feel the loos are fit for purpose! I really am happy to undertake any works as long as I am restoring, renovating and improving the green spaces in and around Greater Manchester. I have got to know Highfield Country Park very well over the years and have been lucky enough to work at that wonderful site on numerous occasions. I was very proud to be asked to introduce a ceremony held at the park to mark the opening of a new safer pathway. It was an honour and I have posted a few photo's of this in the gallery. I work with volunteers as much as I possibly can to get big tasks completed. Volunteering is an excellent way to gain experience and improve your CV and it is popular among students, local businesses and organisations supporting young people who find life a challenge. I have worked with 'The Challenge' in Manchester and we set about improving an area of Cringle Park. Tasks included tree-planting and fence building as well as litter-picking and clearing. The participants always have a great day and as well as learning new skills, they often leave knowing they personally have improved a local green area. I have worked closely with forest school practitioners in Manchester and was involved in a 2 day Forest School and Outdoor Education workshop in Highfield Country Park. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of outdoor activities and forest school ethos and give participants a taste of what children and young people enjoy when they attend these kind of sessions. The two days were a great success and there was a firm commitment from the local school and sure start staff to use the outdoors more and in particular for me, to use Highfield Country Park more, which I think is a gem. I have also been assisting forest school practitioners to run sessions for a local primary school in Highfield Country Park. They are great fun for all - if you have never come across forest schools then check them out online. The Bee Club in Wythenshawe Park approached me to find out how I could regenerate their apiary area. Through consultation we embarked on an ambitious work to completely clear the apiary and start from scratch. The photo's posted in the Gallery show the progress of the job and the apiary is now ready for new beehives to be installed in the New Year. I have been facilitating a volunteer programme to improve access and increase security around the Apiary. For information on how to get involved in any volunteering opportunities with One Green World and other organisations I work with, please contact me. Overall, I hope the Gallery illustrates what a diverse and varied remit I have as One Green World. I continue with ongoing projects and one off jobs around the Greater Manchester area. As I have said, my aim is always to improve our use of and love of open green spaces whether they be in public parks, country parks, school grounds or your private back garden. I will always promote nature whenever I consult on any work. I look forward to posting more photo's in the gallery as the weeks and months progress and most of all I look forward to chatting to you about your green needs in our world. Ian McDougall
This is our first post on our new website. We are very excited and look forward to the future. One Green World has already created lots of contacts and networks within the Greater Manchester area and our gallery is filling with photo's of activities and projects we have worked on.