Greening Maindee is a sub-group of Maindee Unlimited, set up in 2018 with the intention of improving outdoor spaces in Maindee for both people and wildlife.
Maindee has the least amount of green space in Newport. The few spaces it does have, were often found to be of poor quality and prone to fly tipping and anti-social behaviour. We want to remedy that by creating safe, healthy and liveable places for people to enjoy within their own community. It's a diverse community and we seek to reflect this in all that we do.
Greening Maindee has been on a mission to transform run down and forgotten spaces and create something more positive and productive from them. Pocket parks, community allotments, re-use gardens, urban pollinator corridors, community orchards, wildflower meadows, tree planting… The possibilities are limitless!
It is widely accepted that allowing nature to thrive in our town and cities has considerable benefits to our mental and physical wellbeing. Even though Maindee is highly urbanised there is enormous potential to make spaces for nature. Collectively, there is much we all can do to allow nature to thrive; put up a nest box, sow a small of patch of ground with wildlflower seeds, or install a windowbox with a few herbs.
Increasing the number of attractive green spaces in our community also contributes towards making the air cleaner, helps minimise local flood risk and provides essential foraging and nesting habitat for nature to thrive. Greening urban spaces is also widely recognised as a vital tool in the fight against climate change.
Greening Maindee has so much more it wants to accomplish but we cannot do it without your help. If the work we are doing appeals to you then we would love to hear from you!! We are looking for people to join us of all ages and abilities – it really doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a spade before, we can teach you the basics and much more besides! Our volunteers are a very friendly bunch and if you’re looking to find like-minded, welcoming people then you’ve come to the right place.
What makes Maindee special is its diverse cultural heritage made up of people of all faiths and nationalities – we want to celebrate this, bring people together to build a neighbourhood that reflects its rich, vibrant community spirit and the wonderful residents that underpin it.
Greening Maindee has been running community events, walks, talks and workshops for a number of years in locations all across Maindee. Please follow us on our Greening Maindee Facebook page to keep updated of events taking place throughout the calendar. If you would like to volunteer (we meet every Friday) then please contact John Stone ( Greening Maindee Co-ordinator on 07947 – 359703)
We also have a Greening Maindee monthly social event that takes place on the third Thursday of every month at Eveswell Community Centre at 6.30 – 9.00pm. Each event usually involves a guest speaker or an activities session. Refreshments are also provided on the night.