Environmental Action Group
Pendle's Environmental Action Group was set up in 1999. We help to improve the appearance of many run-down, derelict, and unsightly parts of Pendle.
More than 5,000 people have benefited from our work.
We are responsible for the ongoing maintenance of Pendle's 5 Local Nature Reserves:
- Ball Grove
- Quarry Hill
We work closely with the Friends Groups of the Local Nature Reserves.
We also help to improve areas within Pendle - some examples include:
- Landscaping at Roundwood Ave, Reedley
- Erecting secure fences at many allotments in Nelson and Colne
- Assisting with Colne in Bloom and Barnoldswick in Bloom
In 2013, we started the battle of clearing the invasive weed Japanese Knotweed from within Pendle. A number of areas have been cleared and we are collecting data on the locations of this weed. If you know of any sites then please contact us.
Most of the work is undertaken by (mainly young) unemployed people who are studying for a Level 2 NVQ qualification in Practical Environmental Skills whilst learning practical skills such as landscaping, tree planting, fencing, footpath making and walling. More than half the people leaving the project have gained units towards an NVQ during their placement and a number of them have taken up full time employment.
The beneficiaries will work for the Environmental Action Group, which is funded by us.
Members of the team receive a weekly wage and with good attendance a weekly bonus.