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Local Links

ACTAC - Technical Aid Network

Provide a range of professional & technical skills to support community improvement to land & buildings. 0151 708 7607

Civic Trust
Works to improve built environment. Project Management, research etc. Administers DETR's Environmental Action Fund for environmental projects.
Northern Office:
Century Building
31 North John Street
Liverpool L2 6RG
Tel: 0151 231 6900
Email: Northern Office

Community Foundation For Merseyside
The Community Foundation for Merseyside offers a service to people or organisations who want to give to local causes on Merseyside. It works in Partnership with major funders, donors, local business and other organisations, to help them learn about the most worthwhile local causes and how to give money in an effective way, funding projects that reflect a real community need and helping Merseyside tackle modern social issues.

The Foundation provides grants to voluntary and community groups who are working to improve their local community. One such grant scheme is the Green Machine fund which offers grants of up to 500 (more may be available for exceptional projects) for projects that in some way enhance, conserve or improve the natural environment of Wirral. Funding for this programme has been provided by Unilever UK. The priorities of the fund include nature conservation, greening urban areas, tackling pollution, aiding recycling and producing environmental art. Possible projects may include improving local community wasteland, cleaning up a local grot spot, creating a nature trail or protection of existing wildlife habitats. For more information please contact the Foundation on 0151 966 3551.

Common Ground
Encouraging people to value their own environment. Links between conservation and the arts. Tree dressings, parish maps etc. 0171 379 3109

Freeconomy Wrexham
Organises Free for All Bring and Take events in and around Wrexham. See for report of one event in Nov 2008. More more details, email:

See Wirral-Recycle, below

The Grapevine will give you information about activities in your local community that focus on improving peoples skills; giving people the opportunity to try something new and personal development in general. It's all about adult learning in its widest sense.

High Tide

Meat Free Monday North West
Aims to promote and inform about the global Meat Free Monday movement.

Oxton Community Shop & Centre

Project Dirt Liverpool

Real nappies
These are available in Wirral from LOLLIPOP (contact Emma Erskine 07743 790260).
Also Totsbots nappies from Babylicious
90a Market St, Hoylake, CH47 3BD,
633 2717, email

ReciproCity Wirral
ReciproCity Wirral supplies cheap building materials into the third sector.
Every Thursday between 9am and 5pm, ReciproCity Wirral is open for charities, community projects, schools or colleges to call in without an appointment.
Feel free to go along and browse stock, place an order or just find out more about them.

Cant make it on Thursdays?
Just call 0844 225 3000 to make an appointment!
ReciproCity Wirral, Unit 5 New Way Business Park
Oakdale Road, Wallasey,CH44 7HT

Recycle Zone
Good resource for schools etc.

Transition Town West Kirby

Wirral Council for Voluntary Service
Wirral Council for Voluntary Service supports over 800 local third sector groups in a number of ways, including advice on funding and training to organisations across the Borough.

Through their various projects they deliver mentoring services to support people into learning and work opportunities. Their young volunteer programme "v" is successful in recruiting over a thousand 16 to 25 yr olds who want to give their time freely. They can also facilitate CRB checks.

They celebrate achievement through their prestigious Volunteer of the Year Event in July and Long Service Event in December.

They are "The Independent Voice" for third sector groups across Wirral. They work in partnership with the public and private sectors and welcome new ideas on how best to improve services within the sector.

Wirral Borough Council - for council services or contacting your local councillor - kerbside collection dates for Wirral


Wirral Tree Wardens

Wirral Wildlife
Wirral Wildlife is a group of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, one of the network of 47 local Wildlife Trusts protecting wildlife across the UK. The Wildlife Trusts partnership is the UKs leading environmental conservation charity.

National Links

Blooming Futures
Sustainable biofuel technology.

British Heart Foundation Furniture and Electrical stores
Find your nearest

British Wind Energy Association
An online builders' exchange for builders' surplus.

Carbon Independent
Personal CO2 calculator.

Centre for Alternative Technology
Promotes use of renewable energy through demonstration, education and information. Shop, residential courses, many publications, open to visitors. Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ. 01654 702400

Centre for Sustainable Design

Community RePaint
Community RePaint - the UK's paint reuse network.

The Conservation Foundation

Cool Earth protects rainforest to help combat climate change.
A charity working with local communities to secure forests at risk of being destroyed within the next 18 months. Only 10% of donations are spent on admin and governance, making sure every penny possible goes on safeguarding our climate.

Dinner4Good is a brilliantly simple idea. You raise money by doing something that you already enjoy - having friends round for dinner!
Go to

Use ecomodo to lend and borrow each other's everyday objects, skills and spaces with confidence. Choose to lend for free, for a fee or for charity.

Energy Projects Plus

The Environment Agency

Environmental Law
A plain guide to Environmental Law, mainly covering England and Wales. Have you got an environmental problem? You can get help here. The kind of problems covered are: fly tipping; noisy neighbours; graffiti; litter; dog mess; pollution; planning; wildlife; rights of way.

You can find out where to go for help, who the regulator is and how to approach them, how the legal system works, and follow links to the original laws.
UK based jobs and volunteering in the environmental sector.

Ethical Consumer Magazine

Ethical Directory

Ethical Jobs

Fair Trade Foundation

Friends of the Earth UK

Garden Organic
The UK's leading organic growing charity, has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years and is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.

Global Action Plan

A practical environmental education project linking students, teachers and scientists in 109 countries.
Over 500 schools in the UK and over 16 Million records world-wide.

The GLOBE Programme enables students to measure the local environment at their school, and compare it with other schools around the world.

The GLOBE Programme:
  • supports curriculum teaching in KS 2-4
  • links to science, geography, maths and ICT
  • raises awareness of climate change, sustainable development and international issues.

Green Gonzo
Similar to Freecycle.

Green Guide Online

Green Moves
Environmentally friendly homes for sale.

Greenpeace UK

Low Impact Living Initiative (LILI)

The Renewable Heritage Trust
- is about old buildings and new energy. It is a Building Preservation Trust that seeks to breathe new life into some of our forgotten heritage by adapting it to generate clean energy.

One World
Aims to provide the UK's best online coverage of human rights and sustainable development.

Organic Gardens For Schools
A nationwide campaign which helps children grow vegetables at school, and learn more about their food. Provides:
  • Personal practical organic gardening advice
  • Lots of ideas and activity sheets
  • Curriculum-based resources
  • A quarterly newsletter
  • Gardening advice telephone helpline
  • Seeds and competitions.

Sustainable Transport in the UK.

Transport direct

The Vegetarian Society

Well Cultivated
Eco friendly clothing and textiles.

Providing information, encouragement and inspiration for schools working to put sustainability issues at the heart of school life.

This site has some interesting fact sheets on recycling, although when reviewed by us in Oct 2007 was not up to date with recycling facilities on Wirral.

Women's Environmental Network
Empowering women to make positive environmental change and increasing awareness of womens perspectives on environmental issues.

Year of Food and Farming