Community groups can bring colour and life to North West Leicestershire by applying for council grants to fill their streets with flowers.
North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) Green Shoots scheme is re-opening for groups to apply for match funding to be spent on the bulbs of a variety of flowers.
The scheme has already provided 72,040 bulbs to community groups since it began in 2008, and is part of the wider Green Footprints project, which is the council’s commitment to making the district a greener place to live and work.
A range of bulbs is available such as narcissi, daffodils, crocus, tulips and bluebells. Groups match fund the amount granted to them by the council and then rally their army of volunteers to plant the bulbs.
Examples of groups that received grants this year are:
- Moira Village Hall Trust received £150 for a mix of 3,000 bulbs
- Packington Parish Council received £200 for a mix of 4,000 bulbs
- Agar Nook Community Association received £100 for 2,000 bulbs.
Emma Trahearn, Community Focus Team Leader at NWLDC, said: “This scheme just keeps growing in popularity year on year and the results are evident across the district as flowers bloom every spring.
“We’re now looking for groups to come forward and apply for bulbs to be planted next spring. Many come to us every year for funding, but we’re also looking forward to seeing some new applications – it really is a worthwhile scheme.
“Everyone wants to live in welcoming and pleasant surroundings, and this is just one way the council is helping residents to do that.”
Community groups, organisations, and parish councils need to order a minimum of 2,000 bulbs, which can be 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.
Applications must be made by Friday 11 August and forms can be found at www.nwleics.gov.uk/green_shoots_grants
The Green Shoots grant is just one of a number of projects NWLDC runs as part of the award-winning Green Footprints scheme.
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 council is also offering Green Grants of £500 for environmentally-focused community projects across the district. These are simple projects that make a big impact and are open to groups and organisations, including parish councils. Match funding of £500 is required. Application forms can be completed online at www.nwleics.gov.uk/grants
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