Grants available for community planting to get neighbourhoods blooming

Planning and Environment
13:57, Wednesday, 13th December 2023

Town and parish councils and community groups across North Lincolnshire are being invited to apply for a share of £30,000 cash to green up their areas.

Last year almost 40 local groups were awarded thousands of pounds to brighten up their communities.

The cash can be used to develop sustainable planting schemes that will enhance the local area and improve the environment.

Part of the North Lincolnshire in Bloom initiative which was launched six years ago, the scheme also promotes volunteering and community pride.

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 many towns and villages having already picked up the prestigious gongs.

Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “I would encourage all our local community groups, town and parish councils to apply for this funding to make their areas bloom. The grant scheme is just a small part of the council’s Green Futures strategy to make our communities greener and cleaner.”

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 pleasant places for residents to be proud of.”

Groups have until noon on 22 January 2024 to apply for a share of the funding. Application forms will be available from week commencing 18th December 2023. For information and an application form contact the community grants team on 01724 297212 or communitygrants@northlincs.gov.uk.

Pictured: Cllr Rob Waltham and Holly Mumby-Croft MP with representatives from Broughton Town Council, Scawby Parish Council, Skippingdale in Bloom, Messingham Town Council and Kirton in Lindsey in Bloom, who all received grants last year.