Environment Forum Meetings

Links to notes of Environment Forum meetings are now available on their own page

Our first meeting of 2017 is on Waste with speaker Jess Stott from Viridor.
Date and time: 26 January and 7.00 pm
Venue: GreenFish Resource Centre, Oldham St., Manchester.
GreenFish is about half way down on the right if you are going from Piccadilly Gardens.

The November meeting focused mainly on the GM Spatial Framework and also on our support for the GM People’s Plan process through facilitating a themed meeting on Environment.  This well-attended meeting was held on 1 December.  Summary notes are available here.

Environment Forum meeting held Wednesday 27th July

This meeting featured two very informative talks on biodiversity and green infrastructure, from
1) Dave Bishop, Friends of Chorlton Meadows, who provided us with an overview about ‘Biodiversity and Management of Manchester’s Green Spaces’, drawing on the case of Chorlton Meadows.
A detailed report by Dave, Maximising Biodiversity in Greater Manchester: Obstacles and Opportunities (first published by Manchester Climate Monthly and now in its third edition) is available here: click to download  pdf file.
Dave also plans to write up his shorter talk.
2)  Richard Shires from Bolton & District Civic Trust, who shared details of a green infrastructure case study in Bolton: Building a Better Bolton fit for the 21st Century.  This campaign aims to achieve an integrated plan that draws on best practice in provision of green space, climate change adaptation and water management and the provision of economically viable and convivial work and leisure spaces.  Find out more on the Trust’s website: http://www.boltoncivictrust.org.uk

Next Meeting: Climate Change

Our next meeting will again be at the Green Fish Centre. Oldham St, 7.00pm on Wednesday 31st August. 46-50 Oldham St, M4 1LE  The focus will be on the Manchester and Greater Manchester Climate Change plans.

You can find Manchester’s draft strategy as well as a report on progress on the current strategy (running 2010-2020) here: http://www.manchesterclimate.com/
The strategy is intended to be for the entire city.  It will work in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s plan (nearing completion – see the current version in these 2 documents: https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/download/meetings/id/773/7_climate_change_and_low_emissions_plan and https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/download/meetings/id/774/7a_climate_change_-_annex  ).

Greater Manchester Environment Forum launched

Here are the notes from our first meeting on 27 April.

10 People were there.  Here are the draft notes.

Following introductions, we shared our thoughts on what an Environment Forum might do. These included:

  • Communication

  • Sharing information

  • Sharing “intelligence”

  • Joint campaigns

  • Advice

  • Improved coordination across campaigns and groups

  • Lobbying, e.g. local Govt.

  • Agreeing on strategy and tactics

  • Increasing the influence of the environmental movement in GMcr.

While this involves networking, discussing and getting to know one another, the focus is clearly on taking action.

We settled on the idea of a network of environment campaigners (rather than either organisations or environmentalists) for information exchange, networking, increased “influence footprint” and shared initiatives from time to time.

The network will operate via:

  • An email list – in the form of a googlegroup.

  • Regular meetings – probably bimonthly but monthly in initial phase as we establish.

  • Possible basic web-page as public face.

We also noted the En4M network as an information sharing resource – we do not aim to duplicate that service from MERCi.

Things to think about:

Rules (e.g. re confidentiality of what’s discussed), membership (especially to avoid excluding people), responsibilities for coordination.


We plan to meet monthly, at least at first, on the last Wednesday of the month, so the next meeting is on 25 May, 7.00pm, at Greenfish Resource Centre, Oldham St., Manchester.


And here are notes from the workshop held at the Greater Manchester neon event on 30 April at Bridge 5 Mill.

Notes from GM Environment Forum workshop at NEON event on Sat 30 Apr

We asked: “What would you like to see from a GM Environment Forum?”…

  • Calendar of events/actions – clash avoidance
  • Q: How do we make it a priority for people?
  • Directory of groups & contacts
  • Easy way to communicate with other groups
  • List of business/organisations who might host an event
  • Organise an environmental day in Manchester
  • Have a clear purpose / aim – but stay flexible
  • Information sharing – e.g. coordinating / sharing consultation responses
  • Opportunities for collaboration – e.g. joint statements
  • Coalition building
  • Q: What is the scope of the forum? – e.g. campaigners, Friends Of groups, businesses, all of the above
  • Hub / access point for people who want to engage on the environment
  • Q: What is the geographical scope?
  • Network can support small groups in different areas
  • Movement building
  • Skill sharing / training sessions
  • Engaging with mayoral candidates to make climate change / environment a priority
  • Research / sharing technical information