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Green and Blue Infrastructure consultation - Have your say on greening the city

16 Apr 2015 - 10:51 by michelle.foster

Manchester City Council is consulting on a proposed strategy for parks, river valleys, trees, gardens and other green spaces. It will use the strategy to decide on more detailed action– by the Council, community groups, residents, businesses and others. It will also be used to support bids for funding.

Manchester City Council is consulting on a draft strategy for Manchester’s 'green and blue infrastructure' – which includes parks, river valleys, gardens, street trees, green roofs, canals and more.

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Love our Bike survey - Cycling on the wrong side of the tracks?

13 Mar 2015 - 11:37 by michelle.foster

Love Your Bike, the cycling advocacy campaign co-ordinated by Manchester Friends of the Earth, has launched a survey to gather the experiences of people who have cycled alongside, close to or across Metrolink tram tracks.

In December 2014, Love Your Bike again raised concerns regarding the designs of Metrolink tram routes at road junctions such as Southmoor Road in Wythenshawe.

In 2012, Sean Sutton (the British Cycling Head Coach at the time) described the new tram lines near to the Velodrome as ‘death traps’.

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Manchester City Council consultation launched on 2015-17 budget options – deadline 18 Feb 2014

27 Nov 2014 - 09:38 by michelle.foster

Manchester City Council has launched the main consultation on its 2015-17 budget options, along with a number of individual consultations on specific elements.

Options for consultation were agreed by the council’s Executive on Wednesday 26 November.

They aim to address an estimated funding shortfall of £59m in 2015/16, potentially rising to £90 million in 2016/17.

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Today We Are Angry, Tomorrow We Must Talk

12 Nov 2014 - 15:23 by Mike Wild

A lot of people in the local voluntary sector are going to be very angry today. They’re going to feel threatened, undervalued, rejected and hopeless. The Council’s budget proposals will make horrible reading for many people who’ve been working very hard for a long time to make a difference in the city. For some groups this will mean cuts to services and activities. For many it will mean many job losses – the sector is an employer too, after all. For some this may be the last straw and we may see the end of a number of organisations that have made a great contribution to the city.

Grow Wild funding - apply by 2 Decenber 2014

31 Oct 2014 - 09:56 by michelle.foster

Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

If your group has an inspiring idea to connect people to nature, then apply before 2 December 2014 for your chance to join the lively network.

Grow wild are looking to fund at least 60 groups in 2015 across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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A Tale of Two Cities - Vote to bring a splash of colour to Manchester

13 Oct 2014 - 11:42 by michelle.foster

Manchester and Liverpool have launched a joint bid, called A Tale of Two Cities, to win £120,000 of funding from Kew Gardens for wildflower planting.

One community will receive the Grow Wild funding to create an inspiring wild flower haven for everyone to enjoy – and you can help decide who wins.

This is a fantastic opportunity to bring a splash of colour to the city - in the words of the council's biodiversity officer Dave Barlow, "we've gone from grey to green, now let's go from drab to fab!" - and will also be a great boost for the cities bees and other pollinators.

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Introducing the Spirit of Manchester Festival

31 Jul 2014 - 13:40 by Mike Wild

One of the things I love most about working in the voluntary sector is that if you have a really good idea you can generally find a way to make it happen. It might take a while – things like our State of the Sector and Civil Economy work were on my wishlist for years before we were finally able to publish the finished work. But sometimes you can be taken by surprise at how fast you can go from the idea to it actually happening.