Until April 2017, the Trust is undertaking a review of its work over the last 26 years and is not inviting any grant applications.
Ashden.org is a separate charity and continues to operate fully.
What do we support?
Funding in this category aims to bring together the themes of social
exclusion and environmentally sustainable development in ways which can help
local communities make the most of their resources and develop new skills
and competencies. In many cases, projects will reflect the themes of the
Trust's environmental work, such as the promotion of cycling or
sustainable agriculture, and its work with people at risk, including support
for employment and enterprise. We are keen to support projects which link
people to the natural environment in a variety of ways.
What kind of projects have we funded?
Manchester Veg People is a new co-operative of organic growers and buyers
in Greater Manchester who have come together to increase the production and
consumption of local organic fruit and vegetables in the area through a fair
Support to the Mersey Forest for the development of a Wood Allotments
Pack. The pack will support the national roll-out of the wood allotments
project that was successfully piloted in the Mersey Forest.
Chester District Housing Association and Hoole Allotment and Garden
Association run a community allotment scheme to establish sites on disused
garage sites across the Chester area.
London Wildlife Trust's New Roots two-year project aims to improve the
skills and life chances of prisoners at Pentonville Prison by engaging them
in food growing projects within the prison and after they are released.
A grant towards the salaries of staff caring for the farm animals and
providing education services for schools in this city farm in central
This new organisation supports London residents to grow fresh vegetables
on unused pieces of their property - front gardens, balconies, window
sills or door steps. Participants have been inspired by how easily they can
grow their own salad leaves and have found networking with other local
growers enormously rewarding.
A grant to spread local growing projects amongst communities in the North
East of England and to purchase more fresh produce from local suppliers.