Environment, wildlife and biodiversity

The Conversation Volunteers’ Green Gym project funded by Cambridge and Counties Bank Foundation

Projects funded in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

The "Green Gym" run by The Conservation Volunteers funded by Cambridge and Counties Bank Foundation

The Conservation Volunteers

A grant from the Cambridge and Counties Bank Foundation supported The Conservation Volunteers’  ‘Green Gym’ at Rolleston Primary School in Eyres Monsell, an area of socioeconomic and educational deprivation in Leicester. Green Gyms are community garden projects focused at bringing people together to warm-up and work out through conservation management, wildlife gardening and food-growing activities in a welcoming and supportive setting.

The Gym is attended during the week by people from the community, and at the weekend by family groups, encouraging inter-generational activity. It also doubles as an outdoor classroom for the primary school children. The Green Gym is a powerful social prescription – problem solving in a group, as well as spending time outdoors decreases symptoms of anxiety and depression and promotes a sense of belonging. And it is a fun way to stay active for those who do not enjoy traditional gyms and fitness classes.

Artspace Loughborough

With funding from Leicestershire Fund, Artspace Loughborough created a trail of sculptures at Beacon Hill Country Park. The theme is a repeat of their 2022 trail theme; ‘Harmony and Healing for Planet and People’, to promote personal and community well-being, increase awareness of environmental sustainability and draw links between the two. Artspace Loughborough employed a number of artists to create the sculpture installation.  using recycled materials and to run free workshops for the public, centred around art and nature.

Artspace Loughborough "Harmony and Healing for Planet and People" funded by Leicestershire Fund