Cash for communities to enhance beautiful towns and villages

Planning and Environment
17:15, Thursday, 18th November 2021

Town and parish councils together with community groups can get their spring planting off to a flying start with grants now available from North Lincolnshire Council’s latest £25,000 In Bloom funding pot.

The money can be used for planters, flowers or shrubs to enhance community space and improve the environment.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I would encourage all our local communities to apply for this funding – we’ve had great success with this across a number of years now.

“Gardening is a great outdoor exercise and is proven to help mental health – I am really looking forward to the stunning displays when spring comes next year.”

Part of the North Lincolnshire In Bloom initiative – which was launched four years ago – the scheme also promotes volunteering and community pride, as well as making the area even more attractive.

It will also help communities taking part in contests such as the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Best Kept Village and Towns competitions with villages including Worlaby, Goxhill and Broughton previously picking up the prestigious gongs.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, rural, said: “North Lincolnshire Council is continuing with our strong track record of investing in communities, enhancing our natural environments, and improving and developing many natural habitats to create wildlife havens teaming with life.

“The cash with help make our towns and villages more beautiful, help wildlife flourish and create more pleasant places for residents to be.

“We’ve invested thousands in things such as community buildings, play equipment, paths and cycle routes. This funding is additional to that and will enable people to get involved and make a difference to their communities.”

For more information on the criteria, and to apply, call 01724 297000 or email communitygrants@northlincs.gov.uk.

(Picture of the River Ancholme in Brigg by Paul Winter)