GFB are leading suppliers of specialist conservation products designed and built to a very high standard to meet all the rigours of life in some of Britain’s wildest landscapes. We are committed to our founding principles of building with recycled and sustainable materials where and whenever possible and to social inclusion focusing on learning, training and employment creation, working with disadvantaged communities, groups and individuals. Our ethos is “Working together to make our countryside a richer place for wildlife and people”.
GFB has a proud history of social enterprise involvement and investment into environments, communities and people. Our company has always been involved with and supportive of local groups and trusts, particularly those associated with sustainability projects and the environment. Working alongside GFB, organisations can develop skills and knowledge enhancing their enjoyment and appreciation of the countryside, whilst achieving innovative environmental and conservation projects.
The Green Business Network
Green Future Building has a rich heritage in community development, in part through its ‘sister’ organisation The Green Business Network (click the logo). GBN, established 1995, is a multi award-winning association with over 18 years experience in the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), delivering over 200 successful community and conservation projects worth £4.7M. The Green Business Network is now the community grants arm of GFB.
GFB is an ethical organisation and aims to source certified, sustainable or alternative timber for its projects. We have worked with disadvantaged communities, groups and individuals to deliver training courses in green and sustainable building (as part of an ESF programme “Skills for Climate Change: Low Carbon Living and Working”), resulting in participants continuing on to further training, employment and self-employment. We also provided a green skills academy to improve the employment prospects of offenders, as part of a National Offender Management Service ESF “Step Change” programme.
GFB supplies products for priority species and habitats, designed and built to a high standard to meet the requirements of sensitive or designated areas. One of our recent commissions was for a bespoke FSC timber and recycled plastic hide, for the “increased monitoring, recording and understanding of natural history on a hill farm” reserve in Yorkshire Dales National Park. Everyone at GFB is passionate about the countryside and we actively participate 24/7 in monitoring and conservation for local, regional and national wildlife organisations, with hands on experience dating back to the 1970s. We are proud supporters of work at UK bird observatories, Wildlife Trusts and RSPB.
GFB grew out of one of the very first Landfill Communities Fund ‘Conservation of Biodiversity’ (Category DA) projects in UK. Starting in 2004, Green Business Network (GBN) worked in partnership with Calderdale Bird Conservation Group to build a bespoke bird hide and purpose-designed wetland in an acutely exposed location, over one thousand feet in the South Pennine Moors. As a direct result of this “Ringstone Improvement Project” (Click to view Case Study), the GBN launched a sustainable construction arm ‘ABLE2BUILD’ – a social enterprise staffed entirely by underachieving young people, which in 2012 developed into GFB Ltd (Click to view Case Study). In 2015, GFB/GBN relocated alongside other social enterprises, creating new opportunities to add value to project delivery.
In 2008, our team received a £2,000 prize for best community Natural Environment project in UK, from judge Tony Richardson, Regional Director RSPB South West. Featuring a novel bird hide and Barn Owl boxes on a UK BAP Priority Habitat, Caldervale Schools Nature Trail was 1 of only 4 winners from 234 eligible projects for this (RSA-accredited) environmental award. A more recent community project has used specially-selected hardwoods to re-build a footbridge at the starting point of Britain’s first recreational footpath (a Grade II* Listed park). GFB’s Clay House Link Bridge in collaboration with Elland & District Partnership, was funded by GBN as part of its Calder Future initiative to improve the River Calder and tributaries.