We've donated £20300 to local groups to help care for the environment

Bolton Green Umbrella

Bolton Green Umbrella was formed in August 2016 when a small number of like-minded people talked about how encouraging and motivating it was that we had at last discovered each others’ existence.

For years each of us had been despairing of the deterioration we saw in our town; the loss of the pride in one’s own community that used to exist.

That’s the spirit we want to recover in our town.

Bolton Green Umbrella

Quote LeftOur mission is to act as an umbrella organisation which recognises and supports volunteer and community groups who look after the environment in Bolton.Quote Right

Our Work

We seek out groups and like-minded individuals to form a network that promotes our aim of making Bolton a cleaner and greener town for all its residents. We work together to restore pride in our town, and take responsibility for our own back yard.

We also work to commit local organisations and businesses to care for and maintain the area around their premises, volunteer their time and/or resources to a local volunteer group or project.

Local Groups

We aim to promote, support and encourage local volunteer groups and individuals who work to improve their environment. To view local groups, please see our local groups page. If you are involved with a local group, please consider adding your details to this site.


We ask local organisations and businesses to commit to caring for the environment around their places of business, and supporting local voluntary activities. To view local organisations, please see our organisations page. If you are involved with a local organisation or business, please consider adding your details to this site.

The Pledge

Many organisations commit to looking after the environment by taking our pledge. For more details about the organisations and the pledge, please see our organisations page.

Ready to Make a Difference?


Litter Pickers


Conservation Group


Community Garden


Community Group




In Bloom Group


Young People Group




Men in Sheds

Latest Addition

Settle Street Allotments Association

Settle Street Allotments Association manages the site on behalf of Bolton Council. We meet on a monthly basis throughout the growing season, and organize a "Fun Day/Show Day" every year to which the public are invited. We try to encourage people to grow their own produce, and have organised events for the children of Sunning Hill School to see for themselves how plants are grown. Since taking on the management of the site from Bolton Council, we have installed large compost bays for use of all tenants, and begun a community orchard. We are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve the site, which includes a large area of waste land overgrown with Japanese knotweed and each year hold a "Tidy Up Weekend" to clear plastic and rubbish from the site. This is an area which we would like to turn into a community orchard, and encourage wildlife.

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Next Event

Weekly creative activities

Harwood and Bradshaw Men in Sheds Group - Men in Sheds activities

Harwood Men in Sheds meet every Sunday morning at 10am at Earls Farm, Stitch Mi Lane, Harwood, BL2 4HU
Harwood Men in Sheds is a group of, predominately retired, men that meet to get involved in horticulture and conservation.
Activities include food growing, making hedgehog houses and bird boxes, bulb planting, wildlife flower seed sowing and litterpicking.

Latest News

Litterpickers will be missed!

Astley Bridge Litter Pickers | Thursday 26 March 2020

Bolton News have printed an article about litterpicking being suspended for the duration of the Coronavirus lockdown.

Click here to read the Bolton News article

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Our Aims and Objectives

We aim to show volunteers that they are not alone; they are part of something much bigger.

We aim to encourage groups and volunteers to continue their fantastic work.

We aim to acknowledge local groups and volunteers fantastic contribution to our town.

We aim to enable mutual support between groups.

We aim to enable the sharing of ideas and resources.

We aim to give the volunteer body more influence upon Bolton Council, local businesses and organisations.

We aim to provide support and guidance for funding applications.

We aim to offer access to training for volunteers.

We aim to provide advice and support to individuals and fledging groups.

Bolton Green Umbrella Newsletter

We send a regular e-mail newsletter with information about groups, events and volunteering opportunities.

We'd love to add your name to our subscribers.