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North West Leicestershire in bloom thanks to council Green Shoots grants

Green shoots scheme

Green-fingered community groups have been taking advantage of the North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) Green Shoots grants in an effort to help brighten up the area.

The scheme, which has provided 72,040 bulbs to community groups since it began in 2008, encourages groups from across North West Leicestershire to apply for match funding that is spent on the bulbs of a variety of flowers.

Once planted, the flowers help make the district more attractive and pleasant for residents and tourists alike. 

Green Shoots forms part of NWLDC’s wider Green Footprints project which is the council’s commitment to making the district a greener place to live and work.Green shoots scheme2

The trustees at Moira Village Hall are just one community group that have taken up the opportunity.

Village hall chair Patricia Thomas said: “The main reason that we applied is that we wanted to brighten up the grounds around the village hall.

“We heard that there was money available to help us with that and we ended up getting 3,000 bulbs to plant.

“I think it’s a real good scheme and certainly something we will look to do again in the future.

“We are in a tourist area with the National Forest all around and it is crucial we all give a positive, welcoming image – and planting bulbs is a great way of helping to do this.”

Head of Community Services at NWLDC, John Richardson, said: “We have been running this scheme for nine years now and it has been growing in popularity year on year.

“We offer daffodil, narcissi, crocus and bluebell bulbs that are then planted by the community groups at the site they have chosen.

“It is all designed to make the district look more attractive and it is a scheme we are very proud of.”

The scheme is currently closed, with the spring deliveries of bulbs complete – but it will re-open on 1 June, 2017.

Orders need to be a minimum of 2,000 bulbs, which can involve a combination of different types of flower.  This number of bulbs would cost approximately £100, with a further £100 of match funding provided by NWLDC.

The Green Shoots grant is just one of a number of projects NWLDC runs as part of the award-winning Green Footprints scheme.

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Green Footprints aims to change the way North West Leicestershire resident, businesses and community groups think about their local environment and to encourage everyone to take action to reduce their carbon footprint and improve opportunities for wildlife. The scheme was launched by NWLDC in April 2008 and is open to everyone across the district.

More details on Green Footprints and how to get involved can be found at www.nwleics.gov.uk/greenfootprints

More information on the Green Shoots scheme and how to apply when it re-opens can be found at www.nwleics.gov.uk/ green_shoots_grants

Picture caption 1: Representatives or Moira Village Hall - Tony Temple, Paul Wood, Patricia Thomas and Celia Rayner with Julie Summerton (second from left) of NWLDC, pictured with flowers planted around the village hall.

Picture caption 2:  Chris Miles, chairman of Packington Parish Council, with daffodils planted at the entrance to the village.

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