National & Campaigning Organisations
The Landscape Design Trust is an independent voice for public open space.
Natural England – Conserving and Enhancing the Natural Environment
The Institute of Parks and Green Spaces is the institute solely dedicated to parks and green spaces and related issues
Wild About Plants is a national project led by Plantlife and funded by Natural England through Access to Nature, part of the Big Lottery’s Changing Spaces Programme. The website has a number of useful resources on and gives people the opportunity to learn more about wild plants
Neighbourhoods Green – Improving open spaces within housing developments
Love Where You Live Campaign is run by Keep Britain Tidy Group, this is a national scheme that should link with litter campaigns, Green Flag and Love Parks Week, etc.
This is a platform webspace to promote activity and share what goes on in Brum to the wider world, in terms of citizen/ community driven activity. As a national campaign the national site will be viewable form all parts of the UK.
Please use this site to log your activities on, as a way for getting extra publicity for your group.
The Federation of City Farms and Gardens exists to support, represent and promote community-managed farms and gardens across the United Kingdom
British Bee Keepers Association promotes the craft of bee keeping, help with swarms and the importance of bees in our environment.
Groundwork West Midlands works alongside local communities, public bodies, private companies and other voluntary sector organisations to support local communities.
The Big Lunch – Take part in the nationwide get-together for neighbours – a great excuse to get to know people, try new things and have a party!
The Woodland Trust supporting and promoting the creation and protection of our native woodlands and trees
Nature Detectives is full of fun activities for children, from the Woodland Trust
Project Wild Thing is about getting children active in the outdoor environment.
Active by Design – Active by Design is the Design Council’s response to the current major health crisis caused by many people’s very low levels of activity, and a lack of access to healthy food.
Use of Parks – for booking events with BBC Parks
Birmingham Trees for Life Discover how you can get involved in planting trees in Birmingham, improving the environment for the local community, and in celebrating the importance of trees in the city.
Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust – Supporting wildlife and nature throughout Birmingham and the Black Country
Growing Birmingham is about local food growing in Birmingham – who’s growing what and where.
Birmingham District and Allotments Council representing allotment gardeners and allotment associations
The Birmingham Civic Society aims to ensure the city is attractive by stimulating interest and pride in it’s history and well being
Forest Schools Birmingham was established in 2004 in response to the demand for quality, effective outdoor learning programmes, throughout the West Midlands
Community Games, funded by Legacy Trust UK, provide a wonderful and unique opportunity for communities from all backgrounds right across the West Midlands to come together to celebrate the 2012 Games and enable thousands of people to experience and create their own Olympic or Paralympic moment.
Birmingham – Our Games is a new web site in which people can add their events and volunteers can see what opportunities there are for them to help. It may be of use to help promote your events and also to see if they can help if you need volunteers.
Community First Birmingham is an online hub managed by Chamberlain Forum. The hub is a resource that links a range of community activities and initiatives that support the development of community resilience.
Push Bikes works towards making Birmingham and the West Midlands safer and more pleasant places to cycle and to encourage people to make more journeys by bike.
Ramblers Association Birmingham promoting walking, access to open countryside, protecting the countryside, protecting footpaths and – last but not least organising walks we trust members will enjoy.
Get Walking Keep Walking walking in Birmingham’s parks and open spaces
Birmingham Voluntary Services Council supports voluntary action in the city of Birmingham. We provide information, advice and guidance to third sector organisations.
Northfield Ecocentre inspiring local people to live a greener life.
Chamberlain Forum the neighbourhood think and do tank
Sport 4 Life is the charity that changes the lives of Birmingham’s most disadvantaged children and young people through the power of sport. Founded in 2006 as a small community project in the ward of Ladywood, over the past 6 years they have developed into the leading youth and sports charity in the city.
Kings Norton Cemetery, information and history.
Birmingham Food Council aim for all our children to enjoy tasty, healthy meals . . . and eat them in good company
Funding & Finance Organisations
Community Accountancy Self Help – Financial advice and training for small charities and voluntary groups:
Community Accounting Network useful resources on the site on how to manage your group’s finances. Advice is also available but currently Wolverhampton and Warwick are the nearest services to Birmingham.
Birmingham Local Development Agency sample policies and procedures as well as information on getting your group started
Planning Aid provides free, independent and professional town planning advice and support to communities.
Planning Sanity was set up to help local communities tackle adverse planning and development applications that threaten to blight their communities
LawWorks is a charity which aims to provide free legal help to individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay for it and who are unable to access legal aid
Think Venue Think Third Sector – Useful website for finding venues:
Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Support publishes new advice fact sheets A set of comprehensive, easy to read, free fact sheets from Greater Manchester Voluntary Sector Support. Areas include: setting up a voluntary organisation, events, policies and procedures, funding, marketing and volunteering
Department of Communities & Local Government – Easy Guide to Neighbourhood Planning
This leaflet provides an easy to read introduction to neighbourhood planning being introduced by the Government. This is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work. This leaflet explains what neighbourhood planning is; why it matters and how it will work and provides information about the sources of advice and support for communities interested in doing neighbourhood planning.
Planning for Real – Supporting communities to bring about change and shape their neighbourhoods
Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. We make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. We promote civic pride.
Information Commissioners Office Data Protection information for small, community organisations – does our group need to be registered for data protection?