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Grass Roots Conservation Group

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    Received: on time

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Charity no. 102932 Date registered. 13/10/2015

Public benefits

The direct benefits which flow from the purposes include the positive effects on the health and mental well-being of the general public which result from interacting with an enhanced local environment. Grass Roots help to provide access to attractive places in rural and urban settings through • litter lifts, especially in coastal areas • path

construction and maintenance • all aspects of woodland management • pond construction and maintenance • dry-stone walling Further benefits accrue to the members of the general public who volunteer with Grass Roots. We provide opportunities to • develop specific skills of countryside management • develop team-working skills • develop leadership skills These benefits could be demonstrated through feedback from the general public who access the sites where we work. Benefits to members of the general public who volunteer with Grass Roots could be demonstrated through the feedback they leave on social media. There is potential for harm in any physical activity undertaken by volunteers. There is additional potential harm to the general public through unforeseen consequences of our work. These potentials for harm are managed through • risk assessments for each activity and site • safety briefings, and training and protective clothing provided to volunteers • public liability insurance The intended beneficiaries of Grass Roots' work are the general public at large, and those members of the general public who volunteer. Private benefit to trustees and volunteers may arise due to • the reimbursement of expenses incurred in carrying out the conservation activities • occasional social activities designed to contribute to team building • training in practical conservation skills and first aid Private benefit may also arise for private individuals who own land on which some of our conservation tasks are undertaken. These private benefits are incidental and necessary to ensure the benefit is provided to the general public.

What your organisation does

Grass Roots carries out practical conservation work mainly in the Greater Belfast area but also extending to sites throughout Northern Ireland and occasionally in the Republic of Ireland. All work is carried out by volunteers including the organisation of the group and its administration. All members of the general public are welcomed as

volunteers, and provided with on-site training, equipment and protective clothing. Practical conservation activities undertaken by volunteers include • woodland management such as tree planting, tree maintenance, coppicing, hedge-laying and scrub clearance • removal of invasive species such as rhododendron and Himalayan balsam • litter lifts including BeachWatch survey • path construction and maintenance • dry-stone walling • fencing • pond construction and maintenance Grass Roots Conservation Group have a close working relationship with TCV in Northern Ireland and have also worked with Lagan Valley Regional Park, Belfast City Council, Lisburn City Council, Marine Conservation Society and the National Trust. Social and team building activities include field trips to nature reserves and sites of ecological interest. We organise evening walks to places of local wildlife interest. We advertise our activities through social media and our website, occasional flyers, membership of NIEL and Volunteer Now, and attendance at country fairs and local government events.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement

Who the charity helps

  • General public
  • Volunteers

How the charity works

  • Environment/sustainable development/conservation

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 05 April 2023

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 05 April 2022

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 05 April 2021

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Charitable purposes

The purpose of the Group is to benefit the general public through the conservation, protection and enhancement of the environment on the island of Ireland.

Governing document


Other name

Grass Roots
  • 8 Trustees
  • 0 Employees
  • 0 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mr Ken Orr, 11 Wynchurch Avenue, Belfast, BT6 0JP

Trustee board

Dr Anne Hardcastle
Mr. Clive Harvey
Mr. Sam Hastings
Ms. Janis Lunn
Mr. Robert Shearman
Ms. Pauline White
Mr Ken Orr
Ms Nicola Paul

List of regions

  • In Ireland
  • In Northern Ireland