Growing Green Spaces

In early 2016, City of York Council asked York CVS to support work on five open spaces across the city.  These were selected from wards which had been particularly effected by budget cuts.  Using funds and support from the Council, a two year programme was created, designed to use the energy and talents of volunteers to sustain and develop these green spaces.  The first programme ran till March 19.

Who has been involved?

  • TAPTY (Therapeutic Art and Play Therapy Yorkshire) working in Glen Gardens
  • TCV working in Hull Road Park, and also in Clarence Gardens, near the hospital
  • Friends of Rowntree Park
  • The Blueberry Academy, working in West Bank Park

What’s happened?

Lots of learning about how to work with volunteers effectively, especially on seasonal activities.  Then there are practical developments such as the purchase of railings to prevent toddlers and geese sharing the same space, more planting, the creation of new beds and disciplined litter picking. Most important of all, growing cooperation and understanding between all those with an interest – CYC staff, lean but effective voluntary organisations, large scale volunteer initiatives.

What’s next?

The programme continues! Until late summer 2021.  So now we are seeking new ideas to fund, as well as looking to continue some successful developments.  Watch out for:

  • Our report on Phase 1
  • News of an open day, sharing our ideas, experience and ambitions
  • Information about the funding opportunities

Funding opportunities:

If you’re interested in applying to us, we’re holding a surgery on Tuesday 2 July here at York CVS. You’ll be able to discuss with the York CVS team possibilities, ideas, and your ambitions. If you’d like to join us, email: Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The application form is available to download here, and includes details on how to apply. Please note the deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 15 July.

Interested? Get in touch:

Email: or call 01904 621133 and leave a message.

What people are saying…

“The volunteers are wonderful and not only are they having a positive impact on the park, they are benefiting themselves from the social activity. 

We have planted around 1000 bulbs in the park to date, including tulip, daffodil, crocus, muscari, wild tulip, wild daffodil, English bluebell and snowdrops.”