Green Communities is an environmental programme operated by An Taisce's Environmental Education Unit. It works to enhance local biodiversity and sustainability, supporting community groups by providing information, training and guidance across different areas of environmental management.

Generally the training events are as wide ranging as the groups themselves, but they are all based on environmental, horticultural, and natural history topics and skills that are relevant to people living in Ireland. With each event being of a different nature, and in a different location, they offer a continuous stream of imaginative activity that can usefully be engaged in.

The Programme not only provides the training to launch and sustain community projects, but also the support required to empower community groups working towards enhancing their local environment.

Examples of activities embarked upon by individual Green Communities Groups include:

  • Development of community gardens to promote local food production and to bring communities together
  • Development of a wildlife areas
  • Regular clean ups and conservation work (e.g. Marram Grass planting)
  • Sensitive clearance work (e.g. clearing a neglected area of land so that it provides a green space for people to enjoy and an enhanced habitat for wildlife)
  • Erection and maintenance of bird, bat, hedgehog, owl boxes
  • Management of invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam, Rhododendron, etc
Probably the strongest aspect of this environmental initiative is the network of individual groups that the programme supports, and brings together. These include; Community Gardens, Allotments, Resident's Associations, Schools, Tidy Towns Groups, Community Groups tackling addiction, and charities and community groups providing horticultural therapy.
By meeting together regularly at Green Communities Events these groups are able to swap ideas, share news, and witness best practice.