How it started
Over years of advising many clients, Haydon has helped a good number gift money to good causes. Years later, when starting up Good Green Money he had a brainwave. Why doesn’t he create his own good cause? Hence, the Good Green Foundation was born.
It is a form of social enterprise called a “community interest company”. The idea is a simple one. We take donations from anyone and when the donations build up, typically to around £50,000, we seek out pockets of land anywhere in the UK, often out in the countryside but not far from towns and cities.
What happens next?
We start planting! Some of the donations are used to buy batches of young, native trees and bushes, tree protection tubes, tools and other equipment from The Woodland Trust.
The next thing we need is volunteers. We contact local groups, schools and clients who may be interested in coming along and helping us plant. We show them what to do, explain a little bit about the ecological benefits and then it’s away they go to get planting.
Over time, the Foundation sites grow into ecologically mature areas full of plants, animals, birds and insects. We’ll keep them maintained but in the main, we want to leave things to re-wild as naturally as possible. Once the Foundation sites are mature, we’ll open them up for the public to enjoy, encouraging nature walks, wood harvesting, bird watching. As time goes by, we hope to add more sites all over the UK. The more we do, the more we can tackle climate change and improve our health and wellbeing.
How to help
If you would like to get in touch to take part, share your expertise with us for free, or you might have some land that you are happy to gift to the Foundation, please email email@example.com and we’ll come straight back to you.
Good Green Foundation is the trading name of Good Green Foundation CIC (Community Interest Company), which is registered in the UK, company number: 14398980. Please note, Good Green Money and Good Green Foundation are two separate entities which run independently of each other. Good Green Money does not, in any way, profit from the Good Green Foundation. In fact, Good Green Money has committed to gifting 2% of annual revenue to the Foundation, in addition to the generous donations received from some of our clients, as well as employees giving up some of their free time to help run it.