SDRN Case Studies

Explore our database of real world examples of innovative sustainability initiatives here. Use the left sidebar to filter case studies by theme.

London 2012 Changing Places

By SDRN on 1st March 2012

LOCATION: East London.

AIM: Drawing inspiration from the Olympic Park’s regeneration, the Changing Places Programme was established to: (a) inspire surrounding communities to improve public spaces, such as parks, open spaces and watersides; (b) enable people to learn new interests and skills; and (c) to enable long-lasting improvements in the quality of the local environment beyond the period of the Olympic Games.

My Urban Green

By SDRN on 29th February 2012


AIM: To (re)connect urban communities with their environment through active involvement in shaping the future development, maintenance and management of local ‘Greener Living Spaces’, created by Marks and Spencer and Groundwork over the last three years.

Hill Holt Wood

By SDRN on 29th February 2012

LOCATION: 34-acre deciduous woodland situated on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border.

AIM: To manage an environmentally sustainable community woodland, run a locally-valued and economically-viable social enterprise, share experiences and learning, and to be a responsible employer.

Earn Your Travel Back

By SDRN on 23rd February 2012


AIM: To encourage young people to respect and value their concessionary travel and to learn about the benefits of environmental volunteering and positive community participation.

The Good Gym

By SDRN on 17th February 2012

LOCATION: Tower Hamlets, East London.

AIM: To develop a new model of voluntary action by focusing on the positive experience of the volunteer, connecting people who are looking to get fit with physical tasks that need to be done and which benefit the community.

United Futures

By SDRN on 14th December 2011

LOCATION: North-west England.

AIM: To improve areas of neglected public space and help to make neighbourhoods cleaner, greener and more confident.

Edward Square

By SDRN on 7th December 2011

LOCATION: Islington, London

AIM: To protect and restore the site of a former Victorian town square, using the arts to encouraging community engagement and ownership.

LOCATION: King’s Cross, London.

AIM: To inspire and enable young people to generate environmental and social changes in their communities.

Incredible Edible Todmorden

By SDRN on 25th November 2011

LOCATION: Todmorden, Pennines (but also more recently replicated elsewhere)

Eostre Organics

By SDRN on 11th November 2011

LOCATION: East Anglia

AIM: To build a fair, ecological and cooperative food system, providing a source of sustainable livelihoods and business viability for small local organic producers in response to a decline in rural farm employment and competition from international markets.