Over the past year, the Future Parks Programme, and our Enrich programme, has given particular focus to Plymouth’s parks and green spaces, where collaboration with communities, institutions and businesses across the city, has sparked new ways of thinking and many great social and community business ideas.
Following on from this, we are pleased to announce our partnership in Green Minds, a city-wide project funded by the ERDF Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) programme. It provides urban areas with resources to test innovative solutions to address urban challenges, including nature-based solutions. Green Minds is a system for rethinking nature – as a solution, not a problem and will develop, test, and demonstrate a transferable and sustainable system for planning and managing land in the urban environment.
The project is being led by Plymouth City Council’s Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Department together with Public Health, in partnership with:
- Plymouth University
- Real Ideas
- Plymouth College of Art
- Devon Wildlife Trust
- The Data Place
- National Trust
Green Minds aims to positively enhance people’s interaction and involvement in these natural spaces, recognising that spending time in green and blue spaces has positive health and wellbeing benefits.
Green minds fund
As part of the project Real Ideas will be providing business support and small grants to community businesses and social enterprises working in green spaces in the south west of the city. We are looking to further support projects and ideas that have environmental, social, and financial value, and that see nature, alongside the communities they are working in, as stakeholders in what they are trying to achieve.
The funds will support these organisations in the design and implementation of green space improvements and enterprising activity, engaging community members in the Devonport and Stonehouse neighbourhoods.
Please note stage one of the Green Minds Fund is now closed. Stay tuned for more project developments and updates from our successful grant applicants.