Norwich has a wide range of community groups that work to deliver neighbourhood projects that are based outdoors, these include Friends of Woods and Parks and Community Gardens. These groups are generally geographically based and share similar aims and aspirations and also encounter similar issues.
The initial aims of the network, which began in 2013, were to offer information to groups through targeted emails and to bring the groups together to have the opportunity to network, share ideas and successes and to raise awareness of what others are doing in the city. Council officers wanted to show the appreciation of the City Council for the excellent work these groups do helping to keep Norwich beautiful.
By maintaining and improving their part of Norwich’s variety of Outdoor Projects they offer all residents the chance to enjoy nature in their neighbourhood either by simply visiting a local wood/park or community garden or if they choose, by joining in with activities.
As part of the Get Involved programme the network has grown and offers more opportunities to come together, offering social media training and in November 2019 the first work training day for members, hosted and led by the Fringe Project at Marston Marsh and Danby Wood. It still focuses on the original concept of bringing likeminded people together for networking, to see, enjoy and be inspired by what other projects are doing.
Some of the OPN member groups' details can be found in the downloads section on the right hand side of this page, as an online directory of groups that you may want to check out for inspiration or to get involved with them yourself.
If you are a community group that has an outdoor/nature based focus and you would like to learn more or join the network please email
Access: Events by invitation to member groups
- Bowthorpe Heritage Group
- Bracondale Residents' Association
- City Centre Volunteer Gardeners
- Donkey Lane Group
- Friends of Danby Wood
- Friends of Eaton Park
- Friends of West Earlham Woods
- Friends of Jubilee Park
- Friends of Kett's Heights
- Friends of Norwich In Bloom
- Friends of Waterloo Park
- Heavenly Gardens
- Jenny Lind Gardening Group
- LTC Green Spaces
- Wensum Residents Association Parks
- Old Library Wood
- The Fringe Project