Supporting communities across South Yorkshire
to take action for the climate and nature.
Lindy’s story – Greener Greenhill
Greener Greenhill’s mission is to help tackle the climate and nature emergencies through local action. Lindy Stone is one of the organisers:
“Each of the small things we can do add up to something bigger. When we’ve spoken to people, they’re often already doing things to help the climate and nature crisis, Greener Greenhill is about showing them they’re not alone.
“Greener Greenhill acts as a network, linking groups and individuals, promoting helpful things, looking at what others are doing and how the community can help or do similar. We want action embedded in community life.”
The idea came in lockdown
“I helped host a local Friends of the Earth online event about simple steps to combat climate change. It looked at three areas: workplace, individuals, community – and included expert speakers to share their advice.
“I followed this up with a similar event in person at Greenhill Library. There was a good turnout and afterwards people talked about doing some of the things in Greenhill.
“I’m an organiser, I took the lead, and contacted people in the area I thought might be interested. We spoke about how we could do it, how we could set something up and how it might work. We see ourselves as a network not a group. I’m doing a lot of that linking, it takes a lot of energy and will need something else to be more sustaining.”
“People don’t come through here, and perhaps see no reason to come. But they don’t know the range of business here. In terms of community, it’s a way to boost the profile of Greenhill, it exists, there are good things here, good people live here.
“For the community, it reinforces community spirit. Greenhill like to see their community mentioned, especially for good things like the environment and nature.
“We’re going for an Economic Recovery Fund bid to support local businesses to spend on things that would encourage more people to walk to their local shops rather than get their car out.”
Greenhill is often overlooked
It’s nice to do this locally
“I can look at those wildflowers we planted, look at kids enjoying their clean school grounds, look at those people who’ve got their bikes back on the road, or put up bird boxes. It seems so low key, but even the little things help, there’s a sense of satisfaction.
“It makes me not feel so hopeless and helpless.”
Lindy’s advice for other community-based climate and nature groups
Greener Greenhill action
With approximately 2,300 homes, Greenhill is located south of the city centre, and in the same ward as Beauchief, Chancet Wood, Lowedges, Jordanthorpe, Batemoor and Meadowhead.
The ‘heart’ of Greenhill includes a primary school, two churches and public library as well as a selection of shops and cafes. The original village is noted as a Conservation Area for its 18th and 19th century buildings.
Do you live in or near Greenhill?
There’s an active Facebook page where you can find out more about local events, not just the ones organised by Greener Greenhill. There’s also a printed newsletter, which can be found in the library and the two local churches.
There’s a page on Greenhill Library’s website about Greener Greenhill, including a handy list of local and national climate and nature crisis contacts.
There are regular articles about Greener Greenhill activity in Active8 – the free monthly community magazine for the area.