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


Forest School

Latest Addition

Rivington Terraced Gardens

Lord Leverhulme (William Hesketh Lever), the soap magnate and founder of Lever Brothers (now Unilever) conceived and built the Terraced Gardens with the help of Thomas Mawson between 1905 and 1925. After his death, and subsequent sale of the property in 1925, the gardens began to fall into disrepair. The houses were demolished after World War II, and Rivington Terraced Gardens were left to the forces of nature.

60 years later, United Utilities own the land, and the Rivington Heritage Trust repair and conservation project is underway.

As the project progresses, and more of the shrubs, self-seeded trees and mud are cleared away, the original shape of Lord Leverhulmes garden is becoming more visible. New paths are being discovered, new stairways uncovered, and visitors to the gardens are beginning to see how it once might have been.

There is nowhere else like it on Earth. With iconic structures like the Pigeon Tower, the Seven Arch Bridge, the Summer Houses and Loggia, not to mention the Pulham rock faces around the pathways and Lakes the Italian lake, where Lever used to take his morning swim, and the beautiful Japanese Lake, which was once looked upon from glamorous oriental pagoda-style tea houses the Gardens are truly unique.

Do you need to get outside in the fresh air, meet new people, release some frustration, work off the stresses of the week? Do you love Rivington, and want to influence its future.

Volunteering is good for the soul, and great for the social life. Come and join the friendly gang at Rivington Terraced Gardens.

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Next Event

Midsummer Wild Medicine Walk

Bolton Green Umbrella - Nature Walk

Public Hosted by Edwina Hodkinson; Consulting Medical Herbalist and GAPS Practitioner

Midsummer. the days are longer and the flowers are in full bloom. Moses gate is a great place to do a herbwalk as there are many medicinal plants growing here as well as the enjoyment of an evening in a local country park with lodges full of swans, geese and other wild birds. Wild Medicine walks are a great opportunity to learn about local, seasonal, medicinal plants, meeting them where they grow. Learn how to identify plants, what they are used for and how to make medicines with them. We will be working with Meadowsweet, Mugwort, Purple Loosetrife, White Deadnette, Burdock, Valerian, self heal, Lime blossom and many more plants. There will be a guided tea tasting to connect with a plant in a deeper way.
The cost of this herb walk is 13. Numbers are limited to 16 so booking via paypal is essential. Cancellations made 48 hours before the start of the course will not be refunded.
See Facebook page for Edwina Hodkinson for further details

Latest News

Video of wildlife meadows

Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 09 July 2019

This is a beautiful short film about wild-flower meadows.... you'll be transported!! Click here to open the link and watch the film

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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.

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