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Last chance for community groups looking to bring colour to their towns and villages

Green shoots scheme

North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) Green Shoots grant scheme is offering communities a chance to brighten where they live.

Green Shoots is a brilliant opportunity for towns and villages to apply for money that can be used to plant a variety of flowers next spring.

With the deadline for applications of Friday 10 August looming, plenty of funding is still available to groups.

The range of flowers available include narcissi, daffodils, crocus and tulips. To receive the grant groups need to order a minimum of 2,000 bulbs, which can be a combination of flower varieties.

The scheme has provided 146,500 bulbs to community groups since it began in 2015. Examples of groups that received grants last year were: 

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

The cost of 2,000 bulbs is approximately £100 with further £100 of match funding provided by NWLDC. 

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “Over the years this has been a very successful scheme with bulbs flowering across our towns and villages each spring bringing an array of beautiful colours to the district. 

“It’d be lovely to see this again next year and to ensure this happens we need more groups and their volunteers to come forward. 

“Flowers bring a fresh, positive and bright feel to an area that everyone can enjoy after the dark winter months. Be proud of where you live and get in touch if you think your group can make use of our funding.” 

Friday 10 August is the deadline to apply for bulbs for next spring and application forms can be found at www.nwleices.gov.uk/greenshoots 

For further information please contact grants@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

Published: Thu 26 July, 2018

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