The fantastic work of the Active Neighbourhoods Project is being celebrated with a unique photography exhibition.
On Wednesday, volunteers gathered at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard for the first glimpse of specially commissioned portrait photographs of volunteers in their favourite spaces for nature in Plymouth.
Some of the key successes of the project, which is driven by a dedicated team of volunteers, were on show with photos taken in nature reserves, creeks and beach foreshores
Active Neighbourhoods is a partnership project between the Council and Devon Wildlife Trust, funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme. It was set up to help people living in five areas of Plymouth to embrace healthier lifestyles and enjoy the great outdoors on their doorstep.
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment, was at the exhibition. She said: “It was so lovely to see some of our dedicated volunteers recognised through photography and to be able to thank them for their time and commitment .
“To hold the event on International Volunteers Day was especially poignant as we recognise that our volunteers do so much to make our city great, during this project there were nearly 2000 days of volunteering ”
“We are absolutely committed to providing high quality green infrastructure across our parks and nature reserves and continuing to support and develop volunteering in green and blue spaces across Plymouth.”
More than one third of Plymouth is green space with the sea to the south and rivers and streams running through it. This unique green and blue city has the potential to deliver many health and wellbeing benefits for the people of Plymouth, as well as providing special spaces for nature.
By getting communities involved in their local spaces, urban green spaces can be saved from neglect and be transformed into beautiful, accessible spaces for people and wildlife, which residents can feel proud to have in their neighbourhood.
Following the launch events, there are now plans to exhibit the photos in the city centre as well as having a ‘pop-up’ exhibitions local in the project’s key neighbourhoods.