The green network was formed and launched in May at the Southampton Voluntary Services’ Friday Forum. It is facilitated by Southampton Voluntary Services/SO:Linked and Mayfield Nurseries/Solent Mind.
Green Network 3: Urban Food Growing
Green Network 2: Green Social Prescribing
Hi Green Network!
It was great to see everyone at the second meeting of the Southampton Green Network on 9 July, on the topic of Green Social Prescribing. About 35 members and 13 signposters/navigators/social prescribers attended and you made it a really inspirational meeting!
Phil Paulo (Mayfield Nurseries/Solent Mind and co facilitator of the network) set the scene for us in how green social prescribing having been around for many years is being more widely recognised and the many different ways of enabling people to spend time outdoors/in nature. He let us know about national developments, research and possible sources of future funding. He brought it closer to home by describing the work of Mayfield nurseries and how the activities there support health and wellbeing.
We then heard from a good number of SGN members as they described their activities that are available and open to local people. There was a great variety and also synergy and it was really good to get to know each other a bit better. It was a good reminder of the wealth of experience and knowledge in the network, with organisations who had done research, to business, to truly grass roots organisations and we’re looking forward to lots of opportunities to share expertise and resources and learn from each other.
We had really useful questions and discussion on how we can best link people to all these fantastic activities –
- we can all keep talking about and showcasing what’s available, to those who are in a position to prescribe or signpost people, having information in one place was so beneficial (a plug for the so:linked directory https://bit.ly/Add2SOLiD),
- Phil mentioned we’re hoping to explore the idea of adding a visual map for the green activities so people can easily see what’s happening in their neighbourhood
- Mayfield nurseries will also be setting up a social media account for the Green Network so we can share information on there.
- We talked about the importance of giving as much information as possible about who can access your green activity, who it’s appropriate for.
- It was suggested that cost might be a barrier so we said it may be possible to look into organisations getting funding for people to be able to get to their activities. There’s also the option of community transport. SCA Transport – So:Linked (solinked.org.uk) Navigators and social prescribers also work with people to find ways of overcoming barriers to accessing the activities and support that they want to.
We thought it would be great as a network if we could evaluate the collective impact of our activities and we’ll look out for opportunities to work on this together.
Here are the organisations we heard from. You can watch the recording, including Phil’s presentation, at Green network: Green Social Prescribing – So:Linked (solinked.org.uk)
- Bitterne Park Growing Places (Transition Southampton) www.bpgp.org – Liz (50.53)
Station Walks – Clare (56.13)
Homegroup Southampton HRS Healthy Allotment group every Tues 10-12 – Emma, Kim, Pippa (58.29)
Abri – allotments in Mansbridge Stamp Minded, and a community orchard – Cara (59.57)
Front gardens plus, greening St Denys, SO14 transition group – Margaret (1.02)
Southampton national park city – Christelle (1.04)
Sholing Valleys Study centre – Mac (1.09)
Southampton Football Club – Caroline (1.11)
Southampton City Farm, Green Lane, Millbrook -Sara (1.19)
FOSJP – Marina (1.22)
Step Change Design – Debbie (1.25)
Friends of Daisy-Dip/Swaythling – Suzanne (1.32)
Discussion on green social prescribing (1.33)
If there’s anyone you’d like to link up following on from this meeting and you don’t have their contact details, let us know and we can connect you.
The next Green Network will be on the topic of Food Growing as was decided by attendees of our first meeting.
It will be on Friday 10 September at 10am
Please book your free place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/green-network-3-food-growing-tickets-165424211269
Green Network Launch Fri 7 May
Dear Green network member!
Thanks for attending the launch of the green network at Southampton Voluntary Services First Friday Forum in May! It was great to see everyone and to start to shape the network together.
Here’s a round up and some updates, along with how to book on to the next meeting which will be on Friday 9 July. We’re aiming for a blended meeting some in person and some via zoom to ensure as many people can join as possible.
As chosen by the green network at the launch the first topic will be green social prescribing.
We hope to see you there, please feel free to spread the word!
The Green Network Team
Designing the network
- What type of project/organisation are you from?
Other: Volunteering x 2 Local nature reserve, Community gardening, Housing related floating support
- Where is your project / organisation based?
- What do you want to get out of the network
other: To keep food growing projects locally owned
- What topics would you like the green network to cover in future?
Philip Paulo introduced the work of Mayfield Nurseries and Plants for People, and how they work alongside residents on estate regeneration, enhancing biodiversity, helping develop community green spaces. They also support tree growing, urban food growing and help residents to attract and record wildlife.
Samantha Munslow introduced Southampton City Council’s Green city plan and her role in supporting the ‘Our natural environment’ part of that plan, including plans for the green grid and urban wildlife.
Nicky Judd – a reminder to upload your events, projects and volunteering opportunities (regular and one-offs) to our online directory –
There was lots of discussion and further questions and information sharing about:
Hedgehog protection and signage, food growing projects linking with food banks and food pantries to make sure people have access to affordable fresh produce, discussion about species surveys, and information shared in the chat.
Information about attendees, updates and contact details that were shared in the chat:
(If you didn’t share contact details in the chat this time, but you’re happy for us to circulate them, let us know and we will share them in future mailings)
Sholing Valleys Study Centre Local Nature Reserve
Neighbourhood Warden for SCC
art house community pantry/venue, Southampton scrapstore, cobbett rd hub & library, friends of bitterne station, Southampton seed swap….
Bitterne Park Growing Places
CEO of Solent Mind
Monty’s Community Hub
Southampton National Park city – www.southampton-national-park.com
Community Development Worker, Abri
Senior Warden, Southampton City Council
Community Development Officer – Abri
Friends of St James’ Park
Youth Options – www.youthoptions.co.uk
SVS – Healthwatch and Community Roots allotment project
friends of bitterne station
Bitterne Park Growing Places
Ulrike (Uli) and Roger Munford
Orchards Way Spinney and wet meadow restoration
Plants For People/Mayfield Nurseries.
Community Programme Co-ordintor at MAST Mayflower Studios
Southampton National park city group
TWICS and SO18 Big Local
co-ordinate Pollinating Peartree
CC Engagement Officer based at Hawthorns on Soton Common
Friends of St James’s Park Garden
MAST Mayflower Studios
Sholing Valleys Study Centre
Bitterne Park Growing Places
TWICS and SO:linked
bitterne station – operating under the aegis of three rivers community rail partnership
Chair Friends of Town Quay Park, member of Mayflower Park group
Front gardens Plus Making St Denys Greener & Southampton National Park City
volunteer development worker, SVS
Southampton District Unison Environmental officer
Southampton Dementia Festival group
Monty’s Community Hub
Homegroup HRS, Housing related floating support service with a community allotment group in Millbrook
Southampton Community Connect
Plants for People – www.solentmind.org.uk – www.mayfieldnurseries.org.uk
Community Allotment, Millbrook
Saints Foundation – but here present in her private capacity interested in volunteering
SO: Linked, SVS