* The Link with greenspaces Friends Groups, the Council and wider community.

* The Place where knowledge and experience on greenspace-related issues can be shared.

* The Support for the community to engage in greenspace protection and improvement.

The membership of the MUGs Forum has been growing steadily over the last few years. We now have 15 constituted Friends Groups and there are more to follow:

After the year we have had it is fantastic to see how the Friends Groups have continued to meet online and keep themselves busy with training and the occasional litter pick! Now that lockdown is gradually coming to an end tasks have begun again, and we are even planning a few events!

The primary purpose of the MUGs Forum is supporting our Friends Group volunteers in the amazing work they do. The Forum meetings are always popular, and we are looking to make the next one in person again! We have been able to provide training on iTree surveys, bumblebees and social media and have helped some groups with some of the basics of organisation and finances.

Our new mission statement lays out clearly what the MUGs Forum is all about.