Council offers £25,000 for Spring In Bloom projects

Planning and Environment
11:19, Thursday, 14th January 2021

Town and parish councils and community groups across North Lincolnshire are being invited to apply for a share in £25,000 of funding to help get their winter planting off to a flying start.

The cash can be used for planters, flowers and shrubs that will enhance the local area and improve the environment.

Part of the North Lincolnshire in Bloom initiative which was launched three years ago, the scheme also promotes volunteering and community pride, as well as making our 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.

Recent winners have included Worlaby, Goxhill and Broughton.

Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “I would encourage all our local community groups, town and parish councils to apply for this funding – we had a lot of success last year and I know we can go one better this year.

“Gardening counts as outdoor exercise, and is proven to help mental health – as long as people follow the current guidelines and keep everyone safe, we can look forward to some stunning displays this summer.”

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, rural, said: “We have a strong track record of investing in communities to support enhancing the environment and the natural habitats. This creates space which allows wildlife to flourish and 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.”

Groups have until noon on 25 January 2021 to apply for a share of the funding.

For more information on the criteria, and to apply, please go to our Community Funding and Grants webpage.