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The Green Recovery Challenge Fund

We are proud to announce that a partnership of locally based organisations, led by ourselves here at Middlesbrough Environment City, has been successful in receiving support through the Green Recovery Challenge Fund! The fourteen-month project will engage local people in practical action to improve our green environment, through volunteering and training opportunities.

The partnership includes Actes, The Linx Project Hemlington and The Other Perspective, and will work particularly with young people, BAME communities and refugees and asylum seekers. Focussing on Middlesbrough’s local wildlife sites, the volunteering and training opportunities will help improve and manage habitats, making them even better for wildlife. Through involvement, participants will also develop practical nature conservation skills and employability skills, as well as having a positive impact on their local area.

The project builds on previous projects including One Planet Pioneers, part of the National Lottery Community Fund Our Bright Future project, which has been helping young people into further training and jobs for over five years. Emily, pictured first, joined the initiative as an apprentice with Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, working towards an award in nature conservation. After completing her apprenticeship she was successful in finding work with Middlesbrough Environment City as a Forest Schools Assistant, helping children and families to learn more about the natural world and become more physically active. Emily said: “The opportunity to build my skills and experience through my apprenticeship at Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has really helped me to get work in the environment sector. I really enjoy being able to share my own love of the natural world with others.”

The project will also help support other communities in Middlesbrough to make a positive difference, building on projects such as the Albert Park Community Allotment. From a Council depot to a place to enjoy, Middlesbrough Environment City with Investing in People and Culture have created a thriving allotment where asylum seekers, refugees and people of more than ten nationalities grow plants, alongside other residents. Ibrahim, who manages the site sees it as a place to make friends and improve English language skills while growing and nurturing crops. For Ibrahim, “it’s like one big family and a way of improving your mental wellbeing. The community garden is a good place, you have no fear, your mind is at ease.”

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) , who have announced grants between £62,000 and £3.8 million, to help create and retain thousands of green jobs. The projects, spread across England, will see trees planted – 800,000 in total – and protected landscapes and damaged habitats such as moorlands, wetlands and forests restored, alongside wider conservation work. The projects will also support environmental education and connecting people with green spaces. The #GreenRecoveryChallengeFund is a key part of Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change. The fund is being delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said:
“These projects will drive forward work across England to restore and transform our landscapes, boost nature and create green jobs, and will be a vital part of helping us to build back greener from coronavirus.

“I look forward to working with environmental organisations as these projects help address the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change, while creating and retaining jobs as part of the green recovery.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
“Supporting our natural environment is one of the most valuable things we can do right now. All these projects are of huge benefit to our beautiful countryside and wildlife, but will also support jobs, health and wellbeing, which are vitally important as we begin to emerge from the coronavirus crisis.”

The government’s forthcoming Environment Bill puts the environment at the centre of policy making to ensure that we have a cleaner, greener and more resilient country for the next generation. The fund is supporting a range of nature conservation and recovery and nature-based solutions projects, which will contribute towards government’s wider 25 Year Environment Plan commitments, including commitments to increase tree-planting across the UK to 30,000 hectares per year by 2025.

Our team here at Middlesbrough Environment City, alongside Actes, the LINX Project and The Other Perspective are proud to work #TogetherForOurPlanet and help to teach others expand upon their conservation skills, providing a better future for our planet, for future generations, for the BAME community and for the refugees and asylum seekers who now call Middlesbrough home.

Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough’s Green Strategy

Now is your opportunity to have your say on a greener future from Middlesbrough! The Council is now consulting on Middlesbrough’s Green Strategy, and you can have your say via the following link:

As always, be sure to stay in touch with us to see how you can be more involved through our National Lottery Community Fund Climate Action Middlesbrough partnership project. You can find us on Twitter via the handle @menvcity, on Facebook at or on Instagram at!

Boro Active Explorers Half Term Activities

Last week, over half term, Boro Active Explorers delivered two days of fun outdoor activities to children from the TS3 area as part of our BAE project: Boro Active Explorers is all about engaging children, families and schools in physical activities through outdoor learning and play.

On Tuesday, children came to our site here at MEC to pick, prepare and press apples making fresh apple juice which was enjoyed by one and all. They also had a chance to explore our forest school area and finished the day around our camp fire toasting marshmallows.

Then, on Thursday, the Explorers enjoyed a circular guided cycle ride from Teessaurus Park, along the River Tees to Maze Park and Tees Barrage before heading back to Teesaurus Park for a packed lunch and some organised games.

Nicky and Emily would like to thank MEC’s Mike and Dave for their help with the guided ride on Thursday and special thanks to all the families for making the two days successful events.


Boro Active Explorers

Boro Active Explorers is a free-to-access collaborative project delivered in partnership by ourselves at Middlesbrough Environment City, Community Ventures -and Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency, delivering Forest School family sessions, CPD training to volunteers and teachers plus physically-active school holiday sessions to primary age children.

This project is part of the “You’ve Got This“ delivery pilot funded by Sport England, which aims to transform the delivery of physical activity in the South Tees area.

If any families or schools in the Thorntree, Brambles Farm or North Ormesby area would to get involved or find out more they can contact the team via the Boro Active Explorers Facebook page, or call Rachel at Community Ventures on 01642 989254.

These images in particular show the wonderful Johansen-Berg family taking part in a Park-to-Park Walk!


Announcing our support for NEECCo

Middlesbrough Environment City are pleased to announce our support for the recently created North East of England Climate Coalition (NEECCo).

NEECCo is England’s first regional climate coalition and it is open to all organisations from all sectors to join.

The coalition has been created to tackle the climate emergency, reverse ecological collapse, and deliver an urgent and just transition.

Collectively we hope our activities will help make the North East England’s greenest region.

For more information please see the new NEECCo website here:   

Middlesbrough Food Partnership & Middlesbrough Council to make funding available for food-based projects

The Middlesbrough Food Partnership is working with Middlesbrough Council to make funding available for food-based projects to support communities of Middlesbrough in the early stages of recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. For more information on the fund, please view the following PDF file: Middlesbrough Food Partnership Covid Small Grants Fund 2020

For clarity on Middlesbrough Food Partnership’s Food Action Plan, you can view the Middlesbrough Food Action Plan 2020-2022 at this link.


Middlesbrough Environment City awarded £1.6 million in funding from National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund announced £14 million worth of funding today, aimed at tackling the climate crisis. These grants have been announced as part of the National Lottery-funded Climate Action Fund, which is a ten-year, £100 million fund designed to reduce the carbon footprint of communities and to support community-led movements as part of a community-led, group effort in combatting climate change.

Thus, it is with great excitement that we can announce that Climate Action Middlesbrough, led by Middlesbrough Environment City with partners including Actes, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Hemlington Linx, The Other Perspective, Middlesbrough Council, Thirteen housing group and Warren’s has been awarded almost £1.6 million in National Lottery funding!

This funding will allow us to work proactive across a multitude of areas, such as sustainable food, transport, domestic energy use, waste and the natural environment, with the aim of raising greater awareness of sustainable living and to help reduce Middlesbrough’s carbon footprint. The Climate Action Middlesbrough project will focus on empowering communities (Particularly young people), to address climate change locally through involvement in decision-making and educational activities, as well as climate action projects in their own communities.

Mark Fishpool, Director of Middlesbrough Environment City, said: “This is fantastic news. With the shared enthusiasm and commitment of partners including Middlesbrough Council and Thirteen Housing Group, this is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage local communities and young people in taking action to address climate change and create a sustainable future for our town.”

Since April 2013, the Climate Action Fund, part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Environment Strategy, has awarded more than £340 million to environmental projects, through 4,796 grants. This fund is focussed on activities that not only improve the environment, but enhance the lives of people and communities. We are all excited to be part of this programme, and we cannot wait to expand our work with our local communities to enhance the lives of Middlesbrough’s residents whilst simultaneously tackling climate change!

Cycle Centre – Re-Opening

Middlesbrough Cycle Centre is re-opening on 1st July 2020

Please note that, in addition to this information:

  • The Cycle Centre will be closed between 1pm to 1.30pm for Lunch.
  • The door will remain locked, allowing entry for one person at a time.
  • Cyclists MUST bring their membership card. New members MUST bring some form of identification.
  • Do NOT ride your bicycle into the Bus Station.
  • Please adhere to the one way system currently in-place in the Bus Station in order to visit our Cycle Centre.
  • You MUST bring your own lock.
  • Cycles CANNOT be stored overnight.
  • The latest bicycles can be dropped off is 5pm.

Thank you for your patience during these difficult times. When we can expand our services, we will update our website as soon as possible.