St Ann’s Allotments at heart of UK’s green recovery
St Ann’s Allotments awarded £109,900
in a huge green boost for Nottingham
We’re delighted to announce that St Ann’s Allotments, one of the largest inner city allotment sites in the world, has been awarded £109,900 through the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund – for a flagship project called New Roots – which will launch in August 2021 and run until March 2023.
New Roots is one of 90 nature projects across England to be awarded funding via the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi- million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery.
New Roots is a unique conservation project that will put the allotments, a Grade 2* listed heritage site and a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, at the heart of delivering employment and skills development for a rejuvenated green sector.
The project will offer new skills and training in greenspace management and conservation and increase access to alternative spaces and learning programmes. Providing a valuable and welcome boost to the economic recovery of Nottingham’s communities.
New Roots will focus on creating lettable woodland and wildlife plots at St Ann’s Allotments to provide structured and supported volunteering opportunities, conservation skills training, and employment opportunities.
The project, which is closely linked to Nottingham City’s Green Social Prescribing pilot project, GreenSpace, will also connect new audiences with nature through an engaging, immersive and inclusive programme of land-based activities, and support the physical and mental wellbeing of participants.
Locally, Nottingham City Council has responded to the climate and environmental crisis by setting an ambition to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK by 2028. New Roots will connect with this strategy as a project working on a vast green space less than one mile from Nottingham City centre.
New Roots will also contribute to the government’s 25-year environment plan goal of thriving plants and wildlife and enhancing beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment.
“St Ann’s Allotments represents so much more than just an allotment site. As a beautiful green jewel in Nottingham’s crown it provides communities with 75 acres of prime greenspace in the very heart of the city.
It has been a vital green lung for Nottingham since the 1830s, and now, thanks to the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, it will breathe new life into the city’s post-pandemic recovery.
We are delighted that the unique role St Ann’s Allotments plays in bringing together employment, skills and wellbeing is being nationally recognised.”
Cherry Underwood, CEO, The Renewal Trust
As part of the Ministry of Justice’s sustainability commitment, a proportion of unpaid work placements are expected to have an environmental/sustainability focus. New Roots will contribute towards meeting this commitment in partnership with The National Probation Service’s Community Payback team.
The New Roots project at St Ann’s Allotments will be delivered by The Renewal Trust in partnership with the National Probation Service’s Community Payback and Fit for Work teams and Nottingham Skill Mill. The project will be evaluated by the University of Derby, through its Nature Connectedness programme.
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