Neighbourhoods Green Projects

Current projects

Green Flag is the national quality standard for parks and community green spaces. Neighbourhoods Green have been working in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy and a dozen housing associations to develop a version of the award for social landlords. Following two years of development the Green Flag Award for social housing has now launched, giving housing associations the opportunity to receive recognition for creating fantastic green spaces on their estates.

Birmingham Active Neighbourhoods is a Big Lottery funded project exploring how housing green space can be used to tackle health inequality in Birmingham. The project is focusing on four housing association managed estates in the Birmingham area and is working with residents on a number of different projects, including planting an orchard, creating a walking map of the local area and creating a community garden.

It's Your Neighbourhood is a partnership project with the Royal Horticultural Society which helps residents of all ages to play an active role in caring for their open spaces. The scheme provides free support and encouragement to groups focused on cleaning up and greening up their local area.

Concluded projects

Natural Estates was a partnership programme which aimed to create real change in the way housing green spaces are managed; transforming residents’ appreciation and involvement. The project was Big Lottery funded through Access to Nature and involved eight social landlords, the London Wildlife Trust and Groundwork London. The programme led to a wide range of improvements, including a reduction in crime and an increase in learning opportunities for residents.

Edible Estates was a partnership with Sustain to develop best practice guidance for social landlords who wish to run food growing programmes with their residents. This led to the creation of a good practice guide to food growing for social landlords.

A Cool Place to Live was a one year partnership project with London Wildlife Trust, UCL, Peabody Trust and a number of other social landlords to develop measures and identify social return on investment with regard to Green Infrastructure.