About Ground Breaking Projects


The Friends of Ground Breaking Projects run community river restoration programmes and organise specific days where groups of volunteers can get involved and help clean our waterways.

Our goals are to create wildlife habitats, remove non-native species and to transform our neglected waterways for everyone to enjoy.

We are also involved in setting up a scheme to survey wildlife and monitor the river banks and water quality all year round. We are working to bring the River Lea back to life.

We are also a training provider offering courses in landscaping and fishing.

As a group we offer services to corporate clients and other organisations which include landscaping maintenance training programmes to create employment for young people.

A clean environment helps people to improve their skills and prospects and helps motivate people make their own decisions, which in turn helps create better local employment for local people.

Profile of Steve Mann

Steve Mann
Born and bred in the Lea Valley with over 20 years experience in landscaping, he is a regular exhibitor at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

He has worked with conservation groups gaining extensive experience in fishing and conservation and has made a study of newts and amphibians.

Steve has done extensive research on the history of garden design and landscape architecture. He is also a keen student of battlefield history covering the last 200 years.

Steve Mann

Landscaping training courses

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We offer bespoke training suited to the needs of individual candidates.

Some elements of our courses:

  • employment training
  • interview techniques
  • preparing a CV
  • first-aid certificate

London/Herts recycling Network

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Fishing courses

How to catch course

The key objectives:

  • Angling courses for beginners
  • Create an affordable community angling club
  • Protect the environment and promote responsible fishing by providing training courses for beginners
  • Establish multi-agency partnerships
  • Work with and mentor young people identified as at risk of offending to become angling coaches and help deliver angling events and matches

Our thanks to Bulldog Tools for their support and for providing the tools for the sponsored Bulldog Clean Up Day.

Environmental Policy and Standards

Steve Mann has promoted Environmental policies since 1987. We strive to limit our carbon footprint wherever possible and recycle waste to reduce the number of journeys to landfill sites.

We also share vehicles to reduce co2 emission and, where possible, plants are broken down and recycled for organic matter.

As a group we endeavour to use chain of custody timber and sustainable wood, we are also strong supporters of the chain of custody certification processes.

We now have a boat for lake, ponds and river projects

Our new boat