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The Hive – Home of the Community Spaces Network

Our Community Spaces network The Hive was created to help and support local residents who volunteer to care for our public open spaces.

The formation of friends and conservation groups, made up of like-minded people, has ensured our community spaces are well looked after. The spaces that are currently managed by our community groups vary in size and character and include play areas, pocket parks, formal parks, nature reserves and woodlands.

We appreciate the commitment made by residents and through The Hive we hope to support these volunteers.

Training opportunities

We offer support by arranging free training courses including:

  • First Aid (3 and 6 hour courses)
  • project leadership course including risk assessments and safe use of hand tools
  • water safety course for those working near or in water
  • operating and maintenance of brushcutters and strimmers
  • operating rechargeable electric power tools
  • working at height for those installing and maintaining bird boxes

There are also opportunities to attend conservation courses to learn more about habitat management including coppicing and wildlife monitoring and surveying.

Training events are promoted through our monthly Community Spaces e-newsletter. You can subscribe to our mailing list below which opens a new browser window.

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