Bolton Green Umbrella

Group Logo 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.

Our cornerstone is to act as an umbrella organisation which recognises and supports volunteer and community groups who look after the environment in Bolton. We seek out these 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.

Contact Details

Barbara Hackett

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info@boltongreenumbrella.org.uk

https://www.boltongreenumbrella.org.uk

https://twitter.com/boltongreenumb

https://www.facebook.com/boltongreenumbrella

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 03 December 2019 | 0 Comments
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If you’d like a festive season that’s a little kinder to the environment (and better for your pocket!), read on for our top five tips!

 

1. Say No to Unnecessary Packaging & Recycle!

At this time of year, the supermarkets seem to be stacked to the rafters with gift sets; perfume, aftershave, toys, even cheese! They all look lovely, but they can be so heavily packaged that opening one is like separating Russian dolls… bo More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 03 December 2019 | 0 Comments
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The European robin (Erithacus rubecula) is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most iconic and well-loved birds. They often provide a much-needed splash of colour to our gardens over the grey, icy winter months, and that unmistakeable red breast (often set against a backdrop of crisp, white snow) has long been a proud and prominent feature on our Christmas cards.
With the festive season fast approaching, what better time to celebrate this charming little bird? Here are some inte More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 02 December 2019 | 0 Comments
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For anyone who has an involvement with a school, here are two excellent schools projects run by  nationwide organisations, The Woodland Trust and Keep Britain Tidy.

Woodland Trust Green Tree Schools Award

The Green Tree Schools Award encourages outdoor learning and inspires pupils to learn about trees, woods and wildlife.Through our award, your school can take part in fun, practical projects while helping the More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 05 November 2019 | 0 Comments
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This could be very useful to many of the voluntary groups registered with Bolton Green Umbrella.
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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 04 November 2019 | 0 Comments
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IMPORANT AND URGENT FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO APPLY FOR FUNDING....

The Government have very recently announced a new phase of "Pocket Park" funding - but the entry deadline is 31st December - and Yes, that IS 2019, so get your skates on!
Below is a synopsis from GRANTfinder, and below that the link to the Government website for further details and application process.
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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 04 November 2019 | 0 Comments
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We now have Bolton Green Umbrella leaflets! 
If you can help by taking some to your local library, health centre, college, society .... please get in touch 
Let's spread the word about the fantastic volunteer groups who are making our town a cleaner, greener place for everyone

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Thursday 24 October 2019 | 0 Comments
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If we said "litter", cigarette butts might not be the first thing you think of. They seem relatively harmless compared to some other forms of litter, like single-use plastics and other non-recyclable materials... but are they really? And why should Bolton care?

Recent surveys conducted by Ke More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 08 October 2019 | 0 Comments
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Does someone in your volunteer group really go out of their way to make a difference in Bolton? Is your group eager to tell everyone a little more about what you do and why? Or has your group acheived something amazing or reached a milestone in  project that you would like to share?

If the answer to any of these questions was 'yes', then our upcoming addition to the newsletter will be music to your ears!

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 07 October 2019 | 0 Comments
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Over the past year, young environmental activists have been making big news and an even bigger impact across the globe. The ‘School Strike for Climate’ protest, which began as a one-girl demonstration by sixteen-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg in August 2018, quickly flourished into a worldwide youth movement, one that continues to gr More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Saturday 05 October 2019 | 0 Comments
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It’s almost that spooky time of year again! October 31st  is fast approaching, so its time to stock up on sweets for the trick-or-treaters, pick out the creepiest costume you can find, and hone your pumpkin-carving skills! Some of us might even go all out and decorate the house with plastic spiders, cotton wool cobwebs and rubber bats!

But did you know that Halloween is more like the end of Valentine’s Day for real bats? The mating season for many UK sp More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 10 September 2019 | 0 Comments
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Great news! Bolton News yesterday ran an article all about Bolton Council's plans to spend £1.5 MILLION for a cleaner, greener borough....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Thursday 05 September 2019 | 0 Comments
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As most of our subcribers will already know, Bolton Green Umbrella regularly shares event listings, links of interest and news articles about all the incredible work that our volunteers do via our newsletter. We now have almost 200 subscribers, and this number continues to increase as our influence grows and new members and organisations become involved in what we do - we've had nine new groups register with us in the last month alone!

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Wednesday 04 September 2019 | 0 Comments
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Do you like to stay organised? Plan ahead? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things environmental in Bolton?

Then our latest update is definitely for you!

In a bid to help our volunteers and organisations stay in the loop and enjoy more of the fantastic activities going on in and around our borough, BGU will now send out a handy summary of all scheduled events to our newletter subscribers on a weekly basis.

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Wednesday 04 September 2019 | 0 Comments
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Calling all subscribers! We need your help to spread the word about all the inspiring work and projects our dedicated volunteer groups are doing throughout Bolton to make our borough cleaner, greener and a better place for everyone!

If you know someone who might be interested in what's going on in their area, or the news articles and events we cover, don't be shy! Share the love and pass on your newsletter to them... or better yet, encourage them to More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Wednesday 04 September 2019 | 0 Comments
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Earlier this year, the government awarded a shared fund of £9.75 million to all local authorities across England. This grant has been dubbed ‘High Street Community Clean-Up Funding’ and it aims to assist local volunteers and councils in improving their high streets and town centres.

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 09 July 2019 | 0 Comments
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This is a beautiful short film about wild-flower meadows.... you'll be transported!!

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 09 July 2019 | 0 Comments
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This is something I was not aware of.... chewing gum thrown on the ground looks like bread to birds which try to eat it, which can lead to their death as described in the poster Yet another example of the careless disposal of waste being devastating to wildlife....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 09 July 2019 | 0 Comments
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Schoolchildren at Clayton-le-Moors make a beach hut out of plastic waste which is made into Ecobricks

Click here to open the link and read the story

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 02 July 2019 | 0 Comments
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Here is an article from the BBC website : A long-running campaign encouraging councils to let neatly-mown grass verges become mini meadows where wildflowers and wildlife can flourish appears to be building up a head of steam. Since 2013, Plantlife has been telling authorities the move could help them save money and boost their green credentials. Click here to open the link and read the story

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 24 June 2019 | 0 Comments
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Bolton Green Umbrella (BGU) has never before recommended a private business on this website, but want to do so on this occasion.... The Bolton Green Umbrella laptop was recently subject to a computer virus, affecting emails and leaving behind all sorts of potentially dangerous "risks". Console Wizard on Tonge Moor took the laptop into its tender loving care and sorted out all the nasties, for which we are very grateful!!! They did a great job, were extremely friendly and helpful, gave all so More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 04 June 2019 | 0 Comments

Bolton News on 4th June contained an article entitled "Celebrating Bolton’s army of volunteers", which mentions Barb Hackett and Bolton Green Umbrella Click here to open the link and read the story

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 14 May 2019 | 0 Comments
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MANCHESTER BOLTON AND BURY CANAL SOCIETY FAMILY FUN DAY!! FREE ENTRY!! SATURDAY 15th JUNE, 11am - 4pm All sorts of activities: Canoeing, cycling, fishing, pond dipping, rock painting, craft and art stalls (No parking on-site so please walk or cycle) Click here to go to the MBBCS website Click here to go to the MBBCS Facebook page

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Saturday 20 April 2019 | 0 Comments
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Below is a link to Friends of the Earth's petition to the government to take action on climate change. There is a quote from Sir David Attenborough: "I think climate change is the major challenge facing the world" Click More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 05 March 2019 | 0 Comments
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In July 2018 a Facebook page was created for litterpicking groups; there are now over 1200 groups registered! So those of you who are encouraged by finding out about like-minded people wanting to clean up our country - this is the page for you! Click here to link to the Facebook page

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 15 January 2019 | 1 Comments
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The perennial subject of the irresponsible dog owners who decorate trees and bushes with their pets' "decorations".... Here's another amusing slant on it to (hopefully) give people a smile... Click here to open the link and read the story

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Wednesday 09 January 2019 | 0 Comments
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Bolton Green Umbrella organised this joint effort On Sunday 18th November 2018 seven litterpicking groups joined forces to tackle the stretch of road from Moses Gate through to Darcy Lever - Smith's Road/Hacken Bridge Road/Hacken Lane. It's a long stretch, which rarely gets litterpicked, so Bolton Green Umbrella contacted all the groups to suggest a communal effort. Will and Bev, landlord and landlady of The Railway pub in Moses Gate kindly opened the pub early and provided tea, coffee and bi More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Wednesday 09 January 2019 | 0 Comments
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Mere Hall in Thomasson Park, is set to become Bolton Music Service's new home Below is an article in Bolton News: Click here to open the link and read the story

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Friday 28 December 2018 | 1 Comments
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Paris has very little green space, so residents are planting gardens on pavements and small areas of public land to make the city greener. Here is another yet another inspirational story about people taking responsibility for improving and beautifying their town or city. Our town of Bolton is (we believe) getting cleaner and greener - but let's look at what is being done in Paris and see what we can learn from it. More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Friday 28 December 2018 | 0 Comments
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Chewing gum is the most common litter after cigarette ends., but a British designer is now coming up with imaginative and creative ways of recycling used chewing gum - and cleaning our streets in the process. Click here to open the link and read the story

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Friday 28 December 2018 | 1 Comments
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A 13-year-old who was nicknamed "Trash Girl" by bullies for clearing litter from the streets has gained a global following for her work. How wonderful to see a young person caring so much for the environment and her neighbourhood. This is what we all need to encourage and support Click here to open the link and read the story

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 24 December 2018 | 0 Comments
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Here is a video made by Friends of the Earth, saying thank you for making the world a better place in 2018 Click here to open the link and read the story

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 11 December 2018 | 0 Comments
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It's easy to feel discouraged sometimes about environmental problems.... but heart-warming to read about dedicated people who just "get on with it". It restores ones faith in humanity.... A Jersey couple who can be found litter picking on the beach come rain or shine have been hailed as the island's "unsung heroes" after it emerged they'd been quietly "doing their bit" for over a quarter of a century. More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 11 December 2018 | 0 Comments
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This recent article in the Scottish Sun strikes a chord with many people - the number of elastic bands on our pavements, dropped by postal delivery staff. Here's someone who took action! Click here to open the link

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 11 December 2018 | 0 Comments
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Another major beer brand has innovated to replace plastic aggregation rings in its packaging portfolio. Earlier this year Carlsberg announced its novel use of adhesives to glue cans together with the new Snap Pack. Now the Mexican brand Corona has unveiled its alternative approach: becoming the first global beer brand to use an aggregator based made from plant-based biodegradable fibres, with a mix of by-product waste and compostable materials. If left in the environment, the new rings will brea More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 11 December 2018 | 0 Comments

This is amazing; surely this is the way we need to go to save the environment from at least some of the oceans of plastic....


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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 11 December 2018 | 0 Comments
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This is a brilliant example of how people-power can get results. A few months ago Walkers came in for severe criticism for not doing enough about the damage their packaging was doing to the environment. Now they have responded with this recycling scheme. Click here to open the link

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 06 November 2018 | 0 Comments
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The Breightmet Men in Sheds group are holding a Craft Fair at Lancashire Wildlife Trust's centre on Bury Road on Saturday, 24th November Attached poster gives details. Some lovely Christmas present ideas!

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 06 November 2018 | 0 Comments
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This BBC article just goes to show - you meet a good quality of person when you go litterpicking!! Click here to open the link

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 06 November 2018 | 0 Comments
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This article appears on the BBC website this morning, 6th October 2018. It's really interesting, and illustrates what a massive problem plastic is for the world environment and how some countries - not always the ones you would expect - are taking it extremely seriously. They are not afraid to take drastic action. click here to open the link

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 08 October 2018 | 0 Comments
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On Wednesday, 12th September, Bolton Green Umbrella and Litter Pickers of North Bolton teamed up with staff from Asda and McDonalds to carry out a litterpick in the area, in particular along the river which runs underneath Blackburn Road in Astley Bridge. In all 20 bags of litter were collected, which were then picked up by Bolton Council. Barb Hackett of Bolton Green Umbrella said: "This was a great example of large business corporations working with local voluntary groups to take responsibi More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Thursday 20 September 2018 | 0 Comments
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One of most most complained about types of anti-social behaviour is the riding of illegal off-road bikes in our parks and green spaces, and on paths and pavements. They are often ridden recklessly and are dangerous to people who are just trying to enjoy a walk, and also create a noise nuisance over large areas. Because of cuts to police budgets this has been a relatively low priority for some time, so it is encouraging to read a recent article in the Bolton News where the Safer Roads Targetin More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Thursday 20 September 2018 | 0 Comments
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The Campaign for Rural England have campaigned for many years trying to persuade successive governments to implement a Deposit Return Scheme, and in March 2018 it was announced that a scheme is to be introduced. click here to open the link

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Thursday 20 September 2018 | 0 Comments
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It's not just Bolton, and it's not just the UK that has a massive problem with litter, fly-tipping, and plastic contamination Saturday 15th September was WORLD CLEAN-UP DAY! Check out the Facebook page to see some of the wonderful efforts that were made right across the world: click here to open the link

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Wednesday 12 September 2018 | 0 Comments
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The following article appeared in the Bolton News on 11th September 2018: Special Report: Bolton Council leads the fight against fly-tipping click here to open the link

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 11 September 2018 | 0 Comments
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We like this amusing but very uncompromising sign erected by a fed-up farmer.... Isn't this how we all feel about the minority of dog owners who think it is acceptable to decorate trees, bushes and paths with colourful bags of dog ****? WHY do they do the difficult bit - getting it into the bag - and then not dispose of it properly? One of life's mysteries....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Wednesday 15 August 2018 | 0 Comments
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Monday 6th August saw the first meeting of the newly formed Friends of Moses Gate community group There was an excellent turn-out showing a great deal of local support Support was also forthcoming from Bolton Green Umbrella, plus representatives from the Litter Pickers of North Bolton, Farnworth and Kearlsey Litterpickers, and Moses Gate Green Project A reporter from Bolton News attended and two pages of pictures and stories appeared in the paper as a result, including the More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 16 July 2018 | 0 Comments

Bolton CVS invited representatives from voluntary groups all across the borough to this evening event, which highlighted the achievements in volunteering by local groups and organisations and the change that they make every day. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the outstanding contribution of volunteers and community action in Bolton. A video has been created capturing the highlights from the evening. More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 16 July 2018 | 0 Comments
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All you need is love...and litter pickers! On Saturday 30th June communities in Bolton came together, in the glorious sunshine, to litter pick along the river near to Queen's Park. This area, off Spa Road, is a highlighted problem area for the Environment Agency where fly-tipping and litter are known to cause an increase in local flood risk for the surrounding homes and homes further along the river. The huge community power of Bolton Green Umbrella, North Bolton, Bolton West and Johnson More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 26 June 2018 | 0 Comments
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Bolton Green Umbrella were presented with a "Making a Difference Award" from Bolton Council in recognition of the work done to get communities working together, and recognising the huge contribution made by volunteers involved in environmental activities all over the town. Thanks to Bolton Council – everyone feels better when their work is recognised.

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 18 June 2018 | 0 Comments
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Bolton Green Umbrella, The Environment Agency, Bolton Council of Mosques, Faiths4Change and Bolton Council are combining forces to clean up the river bank and surrounding streets in the Gilnow area, around Gilnow Road, Spa Road and Queen's Park 10 - 12 Litter Pick The Environment Agency are clearing blockages in the river plus extensive fly-tipping on the embankments. Volunteers will be helping with clearing the fly-tipping where directed by the EA, and also litterpicking the surrounding ar More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 29 May 2018 | 0 Comments
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A clean up offers an excellent chance to raise awareness of litter issues and to take part in a practical activities. Please click this link for some activity ideas.

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 22 May 2018 | 0 Comments
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Did you know that Bolton Green Umbrella offers small donations of equipment and materials to local groups? Click here to find out more.

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Monday 21 May 2018 | 0 Comments
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If anyone is interested in helping to tackle the litter in Tonge moor please see this page

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Tuesday 15 May 2018 | 0 Comments
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Earthlings in Bromley Cross has taken the pledge to keep their business litter free and to recycle. For more information about Earthlings, please click here. Thank you Earthlings

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Thursday 29 March 2018 | 0 Comments
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We're pleased to announce that our new website is now live. We've worked hard and we encourage everyone to visit and explore the site. Tell your friends, tell your neighbours, tell your family ..... stop random strangers on the street ..... and tell them to head over to www.boltongreenumbrella.org.uk

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Saturday 17 February 2018 | 0 Comments
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Rick Parker and Bolton Conservation Volunteers came along to Firwood Fold to help Friends of Firwood on Sunday 5th November and it was a brilliant success! BCV funded the whole project through their grant from Bolton Council's Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), so there was no cost to Friends of Firwood. Normally they make a small daily charge of £35 to cover expenses, but this was waived and they also provided 700 bulbs which were planted along the lane going down to the Fold, at a cost More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Saturday 17 February 2018 | 0 Comments
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The three founder members of Green Umbrella were invited to the Bolton Vision Conference in January 2017. The conference is held every five years to discuss strategic plans for Bolton for the next 15 years. Leaders from Bolton's public, private, faith, voluntary, education and community sector organisations met at the Albert Halls for the Vision Conference, to discuss their plans for the future with hundreds of delegates from across the town and beyond - and we were there! We had a stand i More.....

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by Bolton Green Umbrella | Saturday 17 February 2018 | 0 Comments
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At our first meeting with Cllr Nick Peel and two members of Bolton Council's Policy and Partnerships Department in September 2016 we asked that the council hold an event to recognise and thank all the volunteers we knew about at that time. They were very enthusiastic and the result was an event in November 2016 called "Tea With The Mayor", which gave senior members of Bolton Council and cabinet members the opportunity to say a heartfelt "THANK YOU" for the hardwork and selfless dedication of Bol More.....

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