East Manchester Boosted by Green Spaces Fund ( Published: 03/11/2022)

Following the academy’s work with Manchester Urban Diggers (MUD), we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £40k as part of the Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund, which will help support the development of a community garden on our playing fields for the benefit of students and the wider community.

This project is funded by the Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund, accessed through the Greater Manchester Environment Fund (GMEF).

The BUG (Beswick Urban Growers) will create a safe, green community space for families and residents from the Beswick area to enjoy, that will help support their health and wellbeing through access to nature, engaging with growing and social activities, and developing a sense of community ownership and belonging.

We are delighted to be working with MUD on this project that will benefit not only our students but also the wider community. It’s a fantastic opportunity to support the health and well-being of all and will make such a difference.
Miss J. Bowen, Academy Headteacher


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The Greater Manchester Environment Fund

Introducing the Greater Manchester Environment Fund

Greater Manchester’s green spaces are vital to those living and working in the city-region. They are particularly important to our mental and physical health, providing us with places to walk, exercise, meet friends, relax or simply connect with nature – Greater Manchester’s green spaces provide us with nearly £700m per year in recreation, physical and mental health benefits.

The natural environment also helps reduce the risks of the impacts of climate change – reducing flood risk and keeping urban areas cooler – as well as locking up carbon, improving air quality and providing space for wildlife. This amounts to over £300m of benefits every year. However, access to the benefits of green space is not equal. Not everyone in Greater Manchester has equal access to quality green space, either at their home or in their local area.

The Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund, announced by the Mayor of Greater Manchester as part of the Greater Manchester Strategy, offers small and large grants to communities to improve local green spaces or create new ones where they are needed.

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