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The Nature Hubs Fund: creating and enhancing green spaces

Recent Hubbub polling found that spending time in nature makes three-quarters (78%) of people feel better1. Despite this, a third of people in the UK (36%) spend less than an hour a week in nature. The Nature Hubs Fund is designed to help change this.

Research shows spending time in nature is good for our physical and mental health, and green spaces help protect us against the impacts of a changing climate2. Plus the more connected we feel to nature, the more likely we are to do things that help protect it3.

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It’s predicted that with a growing population, we need 4,000 new green spaces by 2033 just to maintain our current levels of access to green space4.

Together with Starbucks, Hubbub is offering around 50 groups up to £6,000 of funding to develop green space initiatives and increase access to nature. Groups will be connected with a local Starbucks store, who will support projects in a number of ways.

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What's the funding for?

🌰 In a nutshell, Nature Hubs will bring people closer to nature and nature closer to people.

We will support groups to create or enhance green spaces. Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and relate to any one or more of these four themes:

  1. Increasing Access

    To bring green space to an area where there is limited access to nature, e.g., by creating or enhancing a community garden, a green roof, increasing biodiversity in an urban area, or other similar ideas. And/or to encourage a particular demographic who might not otherwise or rarely access an existing green space to visit.

  2. Bringing People Together 

    To bring people together and create community connection in/around a shared green space. Think activities like community growing, plant sharing, coffee and chats, or youth activities.

  3. Upskilling the Community 

    To teach community members new skills and encourage health and wellbeing through spending time in green space. Think workshops and/or events taking place in green spaces, how-to guides on increasing nature connection, or training around nature-based activities.

  4. Building Climate Resilience  

    To make an existing space more climate resilient and engage the local community on climate issues. Think changes to buildings and urban spaces that increase resilience to heatwaves, drought, coastal flooding, or sea-level rise, while creating community connection in the green space.

Stronger, greener communities

The Nature Hubs Fund is funded by the 5p Cup Charge and is part of Hubbub and Starbucks’ wider ambition to build stronger, greener communities across the UK. This fund will improve access and connection to nature in the communities Starbucks serves, by creating green spaces within a 5km radius of Starbucks stores.

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Sources:

1 Hubbub x Censuswide National Polling October 2023

2 National Academy for Social Prescribing, RHS, 2023

3 Richardson, M., & Butler, C.W. (2022)

4 Fields in Trusts

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