The Action Earth campaign is run by Volunteering Matters and gives easy-to-access grants of up to £500 to local volunteers and groups to get them involved in improving their local area. With ‘Creating Quality Open Spaces’ month launching in October across the city, Action Earth grants could prove invaluable in helping improving local open spaces.
This year, the Action Earth campaign has already involved hundreds of volunteers across Glasgow including the Friends of Possilpark Greenspace, Urban Roots, Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves and many others. Marsh and pond improvements have taken place at Hurtehill, Malls Mire Community Wood has been planted up and Pollok Country Park has seen a new wildflower meadow created by volunteers.
Katy McTernan, Senior Operations Manager at Volunteering Matters said: “Anyone can get involved in Action Earth – it’s a great way to get outdoors, meet new people, have fun and help nature. The grants are supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and make a real difference to people, the areas we live in and to wildlife. We’d love to see even more groups using these grants and getting involved in Glasgow’s Green Year.”
Glasgow’s Green Year 2015 has been the city’s first Green themed year, celebrating the aspiration to be one of the most sustainable cities around. Glasgow as a city has never stood still, and 2015 has been no exception. The 2015 programme has brought together education, innovation, communities, and creativity to strengthen our local and international partnerships, putting the city firmly on the map as a champion of green.
Bailie Liz Cameron, a Glasgow City Council councillor and chair of Green Year 2015, said: “People make Glasgow greener, and we want to show off The Dear Green Place and what’s possible when the citizens of Glasgow come together to build a more sustainable future for our city.
“The Action Earth grants offer a great chance to get funding for local projects and show others the fantastic community improvements that volunteers are leading with in our great city. Apply now and make a difference!”