Here you will find a variety of resources to support you in developing your group, delivering your projects and managing your site.
If you would like help with any specific area, pleae contact Debs, Groundwork South's Green Spaces Project Manager for Torbay, through our contact page.
We also have a number of training sessions planned which may interest you.
Tools for safe equipment use, managing safety and carrying out risk assessments.
Sample risk assessments for a range of activities.
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A park or green space management plan will help to demonstrate and plan towards your community's vision for your local space.
The plan must be accepted, supported and owned by everyone who has a interest in the green space. People are more likely to accept and support a plan if they have been involved in its development.
This guide has been produced to enable anyone involved in the management of publicly accessible parks and green space to write management plans that help them to manage, maintain, develop and improve their green space in the most appropriate way.
Hard copies of this publication are no longer available. Please download the publication instead. Published on 30 April 2004 (Archive page)
Managing hedges and edges for bumblebees - Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Edge habitats such as hedges, ditches and banks can be a haven for bumblebees. They are particularly important in providing forage plants at the start and end of the bumblebee nesting season, when flower-rich grassland areas are being grazed or have been cut.
Flora Locale's restoration library
Flora locale's Restoration Library brings together, for the first time, the UK's most comprehensive set of resources on ecological restoration.
The Library uses a logical 'subject' structure enabling rapid access to documents and other online resources across government, NGO and other websites as well as those held on Flora locale's website. The growing number of case studies, that includes local projects as well as countrywide initiatives, are also tagged by subject, as are training and other events in Flora locale's annual programme.
Water for Wildlife
Freshwater Habitats Trust's Clean Water for Wildlife is a citizen science survey which aims to find wildlife rich, clean water habitats in England and Wales. One of the aims is to find out whether the ponds, streams and rivers in your neighbourhood are really good enough for wildlife.
Until recently it has been difficult to discover the level of nutrients in any individual waterbody without expensive laboratory analysis. Newly developed rapid water-testing kits are much quicker, simpler and more accurate than in the past, making it possible for most people to ‘see’ the pollution for the first time.
Book: Habitat Creation and Management for Pollinators
About this book
This book, published in April 2016, is an informative and useful practical guide for conserving insect pollinators.
It brings together practical skills with an in depth understanding of pollinator ecology providing farmers and other land managers with the best available advice on creating and managing habitats for bees on farmland.
The book is the distillation of a 20 year research partnership between Marek Nowakowski - a practitioner with a passion for wildlife conservation on farmland - and applied ecologists working for the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
How to collect seeds: A guide to tree seed collection on the UK National Tree Seed Project
Details of methods for seed collection used on the UK National Tree Seed Project can be fouind on the Woodland Trust website
When collecting seeds it is better not to collect from the ground, to avoid collecting old seeds from previous years. It is also a bad idea to fell a tree in order to collect its seeds. However, if trees are being felled anyway this does provide an opportunity to collect seeds.
Resources for Committee Officers
FInance Resources for Group Treasurers
Mango's Handbook is a comprehensive introduction to the essentials of financial management for NGOs. It is ideal for those with little experience of finance.
Designing a finance system
Planning and budgets
Safeguarding your assets
Mango's Free Accounting pack is a simple accounting system based on Excel spreadsheets with a comprehensive user guide.
Based on extensive field experience, the system has been specifically designed for small to medium sized NGO offices. We have tried to make it as practical as possible. It is flexible and straightforward and free.
Are you running events for children and families?
Don't forget you will need to have a safeguarding policy in place for activities for children and young people.