Community groups celebrate grants

Community groups across Telford and Wrekin have benefited from funding totalling £15,000 to help improve lives or the environment.

Community groups celebrate grants
The EnviroGrant scheme is run by Telford & Wrekin Council in partnership with its recycling and waste contractor Veolia.

Sixteen groups have been awarded funding of up to £1,000 each. They were recognised at a special ceremony held yesterday (Thursday) at Belmont Community Hall, in Wellington, where they were able to showcase their projects.

Veolia has now given out more than £130,000 to different groups through EnviroGrant since the scheme started in 2014. In addition, each year Veolia supports a number of different projects across the borough as part of the company’s social added value work. 

Among projects which received an EnviroGrant this year include a raised community garden, a sustainable travel school initiative and a wild art programme. Local community green spaces to benefit from funding include Hartshill Park, Horsehay Pool and Holmer Lake. Meanwhile, a sensory garden will be created in Wombridge, a soil improvement ash waste initiative is coming to Woodside and Apley Woods will see improvements for wildlife and visitors alike.

Councillor Lee Carter (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Place (The Economy & Neighbourhood Services) said:  

“I’d like to congratulate all the groups who have been awarded funding through the EnviroGrant scheme to bring their projects to life. Every one of them will help improve the quality of life for residents across our borough.

"The breadth of projects is just fantastic and I look forward to seeing how they make an impact. What’s wonderful is that they will encourage people to care for the natural environment, protect wildlife and do their bit in the fight against climate change.”

Steve Mitchell, Regional Director for Veolia, said: 

“It was great to hear about the projects this year's grant groups will be delivering through EnviroGrant. These groups have such a passion for making a difference in their communities.

"Since 2014 Veolia has given more than £225,000 to benefit local community projects across Telford and Wrekin  through EnviroGrant and other initiatives. Each year we see small grants making a big difference thanks to the energy and knowledge of community groups.”

Photo: Community groups at the EnviroGrant awards ceremony.

The full list of groups which received funding and a brief description of the project are:

Brookside Central - community garden, compost and wildlife area

The Friends of Dothill Local Nature Reserve - project to help toads

Park Lane Centre - ash waste project

Telford Gateway Club - club room

John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School - science garden

Lawley & Overdale Parish Council - Princes End green space enhancement

Friends of Holmer Lake and Madebrook - container storage

Friends of Horsehay Pool and Environs - Horsehay Pool Gateway

Friends of Dawley Park - raised garden

Hollinswood Primary School and Nursery - sustainable travel

Friends of Apley Woods - the Pop-A-Tree project

Donnington Wood Church of England Junior School - eco-walk

Wombridge Primary - sensory garden

Holmer Lake Primary - growing vegetables

Severn Gorge Countryside Trust - wild art programme

Oakengates Town Council - Hartshill Park improvements project