The management of green spaces is at the heart our work. Whether transforming them into a place for communities to enjoy or managing them to allow wildlife and flora to flourish, TCV understands the importance of the natural environment and the role it plays in all of our lives.
However, across the UK these green spaces are reducing, which is why TCV’s work is so important. Our ability to mobilise and support volunteers ensures that these precious areas of woodland, rural meadows, urban parks and community green spaces are protected for future generations to enjoy.
Many of the UK’s green spaces are under increased pressure due to local regeneration and it is in these places that TCV’s work is even more critical to ensure communities have access to safe areas to enjoy nature, connect as a community and just have fun.
Stave Hill in Southwark, London is one example of this. Stave Hill Ecological Park is managed by TCV as a nature reserve, educational facility, research area and place of recreation.
The Park has been designed to form a mosaic of grassland, woodland, scrub and wetland habitats which support a wide variety of wildlife. The Park is managed to conserve the wildlife, which colonised the area during the years the docks lay derelict and now provides a haven for some of the original species.
Right now, a third of the UK’s green places are in danger of being lost or degraded. And it’s the spaces that communities use every day that are most at risk.
The local playing field, the small oasis of urban woodland, the nearby allotment – these are the community green spaces, with no special protection, that risk being lost in the face of budget pressures and restrictions.
It doesn’t take long for a once-loved open space to become neglected, overgrown and unused – even turning into a magnet for vandalism, crime and anti-social behaviour. TCV has been working for almost 60 years to ensure these outdoor spaces are still at the heart of communities by supporting people to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to take ownership of their places.