Along with the rest of Britain, we have experienced some serious showers and windy days here in the North West. It hasn't stopped us enjoying the last of our crops from beetroots to courgettes and even still tomatoes. I have been roasting the beetroots with balsamic vinegar in the oven and making batches of courgette and dolcelatte soup. Delicious! In the meantime, we have been engaging with a local project at Bickershaw site. It is an old colliery site that has a dedicated staff member now, Hamish Jefferson, who is working hard to improve the pathways and encourage the flora and fauna to thrive. Hamish works for The Lancashire Wildlife Trust and we supported their Family Fun day in August by making our bespoke rustic bird boxes with the local kids to install around the site. Read all about it on our Facebook page. We have continued to work with Southway Housing Trust in Manchester, improving their open green spaces with tree pits and log edging. We have been asked by the Friends of Birchfields Park in Manchester to support a funding application they are submitting to gain funds to improve facilities in the park. We are consulting with them and look forward to hearing the outcome of this good work. Next month we shall be back in Highfield Country Park to begin valuable work on rejuvenating one of the ponds on the site. This is great as it will provide another vital habitat in a fantastic area of green space in Manchester. Updates to come.
We have been amazed how quickly the Spring and Summer of 2017 has come and nearly gone. We have been busy with lots of wood-carving and team building activities at fairs. Oakfield High School in Hindley Green has kindly asked us to join their land based students in installing new raised beds and composting bays on their school grounds. We had some fantastic times with the students who were so enthusiastic and keen to use the tools and build their own bed and bays. As a bumble bee nest was found on the site of the new composting bays, we had to be careful not to disturb this nest and allow the bees to carry on with as little disruption as possible. We then went back to deliver two days of team building activities on the school's final week of term. The whole school came through our activity "Save The World" (details on our activities and training page) and each student sowed a beetroot seed in a biodegradable pot. The school have promised to give us an update on their crop of beetroots once they return after the school holidays. We also had the pleasure of donating some brand new gardening equipment to the volunteer club at Wythenshawe Park in South Manchester. The volunteers work really hard in the park improving the green spaces and regenerating the habitats for the flora and fauna of Manchester. Southway Housing Trust kindly asked us to judge their annual eco-garden competition and we were very proud to present the winner with one of our bespoke handmade rustic nesting boxes (images in the gallery). So, we have been busy as ever, and job satisfaction is high working with One Green World.
Well it is that time of year again when new beginnings are starting and birds are nesting in the trees and shrubs. We love this time of year at One Green World as it heralds the start of another year of our business. We have grown and strengthened over the last four years and look forward to 2017 and what it will bring for us. We are continuing to deliver improvements to open green spaces and are starting to really develop our education packages and activity programmes. As seeds are sown for crops to grow, we are sowing our own ideas and dreams now. We look forward to another year working together and with all our partners and groups we work with.
What a fantastic week we had over February half term. Lots of bird feeders and bird boxes were made by families across South Manchester to support the flora and fauna of the area. The children loved using the hand tools and making their bird boxes up with the expert help of Ian. The younger ones made feeders to hang in their gardens and did surveys of bird sightings in the park. We loved working with families and everyone was keen to take their box home and put it up this week. This is the perfect time to ensure a nest box is available for any garden birds you want to encourage. For more information and expert advice you can always visit the British Trust for Ornithology site bto.org or the RSPB. Thank you to the Manchester University volunteers for coming down and helping out with the events and to all the friends groups in the various parks for their support of these activities. Manchester City Council should be thanked too for making this week of activities happen and we hope more events like this are put on in Manchester parks. We were overwhelmed with the positive feedback and the amount of people who came to join in. Lets hope this is the start of a fantastic 2017 for improving open green spaces for all of us to enjoy especially our feathered friends.
Well, here we are at the end of another year and we have been busy as usual over the last few months. We successfully installed a timber bench into the playground at Garrett Hall Primary School in Tyldsley. We spent three days carving the bench with the pupils and in collaboration with Lara Norris, we installed a mosaic in the playground floor. The school were very pleased with the work and you can read what they said on our Feedback page. We attended Wigan Eco-School Conference in October and had a great time making apple juice with the pupils using our fruit press. We also attended a Green Teach Meet organised by Manchester Environmental Education Network. This was a brilliant networking session and we met with teachers who are keen to consult with us about how to green up their school grounds. We were back at Parrs Wood Environmental Centre in November to finish the pond clearance work we started in April this year. The students from Manchester University's Manchester Leadership Programme volunteered with us and although it was cold, wet and rather smelly, they worked hard to get the job done. Throughout this season we have continued to work with Southway Housing Trust, improving their open green spaces. This is always satisfying work when you know you are making the environment better and residents come up to tell you how much they like what you are doing. We got into the Christmas spirit early in December with some Christmas craft fairs for Manchester City Council. Children in Debdale Park and Platt Fields Park made candle and tree decorations. We are looking forward to 2017 with great optimism. We will continue to share visions and ideas with groups and schools and hope to be part of their plans to bring these visions to fruition. We are booked onto two conferences for 2017. The first one is in February - the Earth Week Fair at Manchester University. We will be there on Friday 10th February - venue and details to follow on Fb. We are also very proud to have been asked to attend The Schools Sustainability Conference at Lancaster University in June 2017. We shall post more information nearer the time. For information about the conference tweet Glynis Goldsbrough at @
It has been a very busy Summer in 2016. We have continued to deliver sessions on the Wythenshawe Growing Programme and we are now nearing the end. It is with some sadness that this wonderful programme finishes. We have had some fantastic experiences working with such diverse groups as The Birches Specialist Support Primary School to Brooklands Barnardo's Children's Centre. As we come to the end of this project, we are inspired to offer a visionary and flexible programme that encompasses the allotment year. Our aim is to offer a circular programme of activities that can be commissioned at any time of the year and be as many or few sessions as a group or organisation wish to engage with. Further information will be forthcoming - keep checking our Services page. Our work seems to be all about schools this year as we have installed raised beds and a log circle at Walkden High School on their grounds. The circle will be a wet weather outdoor classroom space too once we install the timber posts for tarpaulins to be hung over the space. This work is commissioned from City of Trees whom we enjoy working with on this and other projects including improving woodland areas in Wythenshawe such as Gorse Covert.
We have been so busy this month with One Green World. We have been delivering sessions on the food growing programme with various groups including primary and secondary schools. It has been such fun working with young people sowing seeds and finding out what plants need to grow. We have planted cauliflowers, potatoes and onions. Now we are moving onto planting out beans and watching our courgettes grow their first yellow flowers. It has been so satisfying to share these experiences with school groups. We have been very impressed with the allotment spaces we have discovered at the schools - education has changed a lot since we were at school! The programme continues throughout June, July and August with more adult groups enjoying the sessions. It was exciting to share the launch of City of Trees (formally Red Rose Forest) on the 4th May at their event. We look forward to helping in their vision to plant 3 million trees in Manchester over the next 20 years. We were honoured to be invited to the University of Manchester Volunteering Awards on the 11th May. We learnt about all the amazing volunteering that students at Manchester University undertake and am proud to be one of the partner organisations that offer diverse and exciting volunteering opportunities in Greater Manchester. We look forward to another year of working with these inspiring young people. We have continued to deliver our log edging work with Southway Housing Trust. It is so good to support with improving open green spaces for residents of Manchester and reduce pesticide use in our precious habitats. On May 30th we did a wood-carving session at Parrs Wood Environmental Centre's open day. It was a great success with a lot of the public wanting to have a go at carving. We love supporting centres like this as they run on volunteer support and work so hard to keep these resources going. June looks set to be fair weather and we are looking forward to the Summer with more creative projects that continue to improve our outdoor open spaces. Keep up to date with our activities on Facebook and Twitter.
Enjoy the Summer!
We are very happy to be part of a new food growing programme being run by Manchester City Council in Manchester. The sessions offer hands on planting, bushcraft cooking and a visit to Wythenshawe Community Farm. This exciting project is engaging with schools and community groups across South Manchester over the next 4 months and this is a real chance to offer our knowledge and skills and make a difference to local communities. Our first sessions were this week and we are doing more next week. We are collaborating with Wythenshawe Community Farm and Richard McEvoy from NACRO. Photo's will follow but for now we just wanted to update you all on what we are up to at the moment.
Well, we are heading into our fourth year as One Green World and we are off to a great start. Over the last few months, we have delivered activities and training in various Manchester parks including Delamere Park, Moss Side Park, Kingswood Park and Kirkup Gardens. We have worked with Parrs Wood Environmental Centre and been improving public green spaces with Southway Housing Trust. We have also put in some woodland management work days at Highfield Country Park and continued to plant trees with Red Rose Forest too. We work closely with the volunteers at the University of Manchester among other volunteers, and want to thank everyone who has contributed to these projects over the months. We look forward to working with you again in our future projects. We are just about to start a food growing programme with Manchester City Council. The idea is to engage school children, young people and adults with growing food, cooking it and eating it. Don't forget to check out our photo's on Facebook.