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.

Managing your project safely...

Tools for safe equipment use, managing safety and carrying out risk assessments.


Sample risk assessments for a range of activities.


Click to visit our safety pages:


Health and Safety Guidance


Using equipment safely


Carrying out tool talks and guidance on the safe use of your tools.


Safe Tool Use




Managing your site

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)


A guide to producing parks and green space management plans (PDF, 2.63 mb)


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.


For more information on managing hedges and edges for bumblebees, check out the Bumblebee Conservation Trust's factsheet from their website.

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.


To see an example of the Clean Water for Wildlife leaflet, please click here. If you would like to watch our YouTube video on how to undertake a Clean Water survey, please click here.


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.


Download a copy from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology site


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

Financial Management


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.


Chapters include:

Designing a finance system

Planning and budgets

Understanding accounts

Financial reports

Safeguarding your assets

Managing audit


Mango's Accounting pack


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.


Holding Events?

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.


The NSPCC offer excellent advice on preparing a Safeguarding Policy which meets the needs of your group. Check out their page here and contact Debs for any support with putting this together