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Help North West Leicestershire bloom with a Green Shoots grant

Swannington parish council and swannington open gardens group jointly applied and received 40000 mixed bulbs to plant

Community groups in North West Leicestershire can bring colour to their towns and villages by applying for funding for flowers. 

North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) Green Shoots scheme has now re-opened for groups to apply for funding to be spent on the flower bulbs.

 The scheme, which has provided 146,500 bulbs to community groups since it began in 2015, encourages groups from across North West Leicestershire to plant a variety of flowers. 

A range of bulbs are available including narcissi, daffodils, crocus and tulips. 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 last year were:

  • Swannington Parish Council and the Swannington Open Gardens Group received a 40,000 mixed bulbs
  • Donington Darlings Women’s Institute received 1,000 daffodils and 1,000 crocus bulbs
  • Friends of Oakthorpe group received 1,000 narcissi and 1,000 crocus.

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “The scheme has proved hugely successful again this spring with flowers blooming across the district thanks to the community groups that applied for grants and plant their flowers. 

“It’s now time to plan ahead for next year and apply for bulbs for 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 to see North West Leicestershire looking bright and beautiful. These grants help to make this happen.” 

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 10 August and forms can be found at www.nwleics.gov.uk/greenshoots 

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. There is no deadline for this grant scheme. Match funding of £500 is required. Application forms can be completed online at www.nwleics.gov.uk/green_grants 

If you need further information please contact grants@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

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