Active Neighbourhoods - Plymouth

Local community meeting DWT urban ranger, Ernesettle CreekLocal community meeting DWT urban ranger, Ernesettle Creek

The Active Neighbourhoods project is helping people in five areas of Plymouth to enjoy the benefits of living with nature on their doorstep

Over three years, we will be working with communities around five of Plymouth's urban wildlife sites to improve these local green spaces both for wildlife and people.

Thanks to Big Lottery funding, our urban ranger will be working with local residents close to:

  • Budshead Wood
  • Ernesettle Creek
  • Kings Tamerton Wood
  • Efford Marsh
  • Teats Hill

Active Neigbourhoods is a joint project with Plymouth City Council.Dove Project volunteers helping at Efford Marsh

Volunteer friends groups will be set up and supported to develop improvement and management plans for these areas. The project team will work with friends groups, partners (such as Plymouth Public Health and Plymouth Community Homes) and local people to deliver these plans. 

Improvements to Plymouth's green spaces

Improvements might include better access paths, more welcoming entrances and signage, along with more seating. Plans will also be drawn up with local residents aimed at making the spaces better for local birds, bats, bumblebees, butterflies and other wildlife. The small team behind the project will work together with partners and the community to put on lots of exciting events and activities throughout the year.

For up to date information on events, activities and volunteering opportunities visit the project Facebook page:

Nature benefits people too

Many studies have shown that access to green spaces has huge benefits for ourFun at Ernesettle Creek! physical and mental health. We are more content, less stressed and healthier if we have regular contact with the natural world. However, poor access, unwelcoming signage, anti-social behaviour and a lack of confidence in heading out into the great outdoors can mean that we don’t always use green spaces right on their doorstep.

Get in touch
If you live close to the project areas and would like to get involved, please contact:
Tim Russell, Urban Ranger
Devon Wildlife Trust
Phone: 01752 305495