Category Archives: Projects

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!


Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme

Please contact us to see if you qualify for a grant towards repairs or replacement of your heating system. You may also qualify for free loft and cavity wall insulation. On top of this, you could get help through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

More information on the scheme can be found via the following link:

For Middlesbrough Residents, more information can be found via the following link:

For Redcar & Cleveland Residents, more information can be found via the following link:

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.

South Tees Affordable Warmth Partnership Action Plan 2022

Covering both Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland, the South Tees Affordable Warmth Action Plan 2020-2022 sets out how we can all combat the scourge of fuel poverty across the South Tees.

The impacts that fuel poverty has on physical and mental well-being cannot be understated. Likewise, the scale at which this area is experiencing it cannot be understated: Currently in Redcar & Cleveland, 12.1% of households are in fuel poverty; in Middlesbrough this rises to 15.4%. In total, this means that around 16,567 homes are in fuel poverty across South Tees.

This action plan should give some healthy insight into the steps being taken, and that will be taken, into combatting this complex problem. You can download the PDF via clicking the link below.

STAWP Action Plan 2020

CommUNITY Actions

The aim of the new project, Community Actions (CA), is to build healthy, resilient lifestyles, as well as self reliance and social cohesion within disadvantaged and less resilient communities of Middlesbrough, using a whole system approach to sustainable living. This will be achieved through a programme of support using the One Planet Living sustainability principles as a tool to help local people deliver community led actions to address poverty and improve communal spaces by realising and building upon their community assets.

There will be two key elements of the project:

1. Empowering people so they are able to use their knowledge, skills and lived experiences to improve their own lives and the lives of others.

This will be achieved through a community developed network of support, activities and training and a peer to peer early intervention model to help people experiencing challenging issues, such as isolation, poor physical and mental health or food and fuel poverty, signposting them to additional support. An active support network of volunteers, residents and stakeholders will be developed, bringing people together within and across communities to build stronger relationships and building social cohesion, more sustainable and resilient communities.

2. It will provide support and resources to community groups to develop their own initiatives or actions which will have a positive impact on the social, environmental and health needs of the community.

This will help to increase people’s sense of investment and involvement in where they live and supporting their community to live more sustainably. This will allow communities to kick start or invigorate existing initiatives, allowing communities to do what they do best; work within their local area and with their peers to deliver effective activities that make a real difference. The actions will come from the community and will be owned and delivered by the community. This will allow people to flourish, with communities utilising the assets they have to deliver change that they want to see happen.

Patchwork Orchard Map

The fruit trees and fruit shrubs identified in this map have been reported by the general public and not necessarily verified by landowner.

This map should only act as a guide to where fruit can be found, and unless otherwise stated, permission must be gained from the landowner before you enter any land and pick any fruit. Middlesbrough Environment City does not accept any responsibility for damage, trespassing, injury and/ or taking of fruit.

To filter the map based on variety of fruit, click  and select/deselect accordingly.

Middlesbrough Patchwork Orchard

The Community Patchwork Orchard Project aims to bring more free, fresh and healthy fruit to the people of Middlesbrough.

Across Middlesbrough are a number of public sites, easily accessible to the public, where fruit trees and fruit bushes are growing. Unfortunately, they may not have been appropriately maintained and managed and may require some TLC, such as pruning and maintenance. Likewise, these sites are often missed by the public, who may not know which fruit trees and bushes are safe to forage.

The Community Patchwork Orchard Project aims to bring more free, fresh and healthy fruit to the people of Middlesbrough by:

  • Mapping fruit trees, bushes and other foraging spots which people can access easily and safely for their own use.
  • Harvesting and distributing surplus fruit to the people who need it most.
  • Helping people learn how to look after their own trees and those closest to them.
  • Creating new areas of patchwork orchards for future communities.

You can help us to accomplish our goals by:

  • Telling us when you find a fruit tree, bush or other foraging spot so we can add it to our map.
  • Learn new skills, whether helping to care for trees, harvest fruit and more.
  • Let us know about the communities that could benefit from free, healthy food.
  • Share what you know with others to help them gain vital skills.

On top of this, we also have a number of opportunities for volunteering, providing advice, support and training in areas such as healthy cooking skills and maintenance of trees.

Middlesbrough Food Partnership

Middlesbrough Food Partnership aims to make the town a place where local people can eat good quality, healthy food that is easy to buy, offers value for money and is produced locally wherever possible.

The choices that we all make about food have far reaching consequences for our health, well-being, the environment and the prosperity of the town. Food is a valuable resource and people should have the opportunity to eat healthy and sustainable food that is easier to buy and offers value for money. We operate in three key areas: Business, People and Environment.


The Food Partnership will support local businesses and settings to procure and provide healthy and sustainable food to boost local prosperity, encourage healthy eating and protect the environment.


The Food Partnership will inspire and enable the local food culture so that all residents have access to buy, grow, produce and cook affordable, affordable, healthy and sustainable food.

Individuals, businesses and households can view how to help here.


The Food Partnership will help residents and businesses to minimise, recycle and compost food related waste either individually or collectively to increase sustainability of local food.