James Thompson, Greenspaces Executive
WE have been working hard behind the scenes
to secure future funding for Greenspaces South Cheshire. We have formed
a Community Interest Company, and have been successful in attracting
interest from other funding organisations.
Our main partner is Reaseheath
College, Nantwich, who have provided us with essential start up funding
in return for future training and activity days with the students and clients of the college.
Director of Business
Development at Reaseheath College, Margaret Bardsley (right), told us: “We have been impressed with this
group’s commitment to community participation in looking after their
local environment as well as their perseverance. We are pleased to be
collaborating with them and are actively planning our projects together.
Their ethos of community involvement fits perfectly with our own as well
as providing situations for hands-on training for our students in their
As well as Reaseheath College,
the directors of Greenspaces South Cheshire CIC – Jeff Stubbs,
(Chairman); Doug Butterill (Company Secretary); and James Thompson
(Executive Director) – have helped local residents’ group, Riverside
Concern, secure a £3,000 grant from Cheshire Community Action - Grass
Roots Grants funding stream. This funding is to be instrumental in
ensuring that improvements and habitats as implemented by the Nantwich
Riverside Project continue to be suitably cared for and maintained and,
most importantly, that the local community continues to be engaged and
involved with improving their local environment.
Building on their past successes in recent
years, the local primary schools led by Weaver Primary head, Gill Price,
will soon be enjoying a Green Day activity day facilitated by Greenspaces down by the riverside as well as helping to
improve and plant up their open spaces.
CHAIRMAN of Greenspaces South Cheshire
“We are pleased that Reaseheath College have
realised the potential in this local initiative and most grateful for
the essential funding from them which will catalyse the whole process.
This is an exciting new way of working and we are pleased that the local
volunteer and business community are on board with this new venture
which will deliver an enhanced local environment and improved quality of
life for the residents of South Cheshire”.
STAPELEY Parish Council has also asked
Greenspaces to help local families and volunteers to improve a disused
pond and empty land off Talbot Way and the group will be talking with
Wulvern Housing regarding the possibility of working in partnership to
improve some of their key areas of open space in Crewe.
wishing to volunteer to improve local green spaces should please contact
James Thompson on 07887 822936 or email