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Nineteen community groups receive grants for environmental projects

Related topics: Climate change / environment / Partner organisations

Shropshire community groups and environmental projects have been awarded a share of £15,000 from Veolia and Shropshire Council’s Envirogrant scheme.

Nineteen projects from across the county were chosen from more than 100 applications to receive funding.

The awards were handed out at a ceremony at Shirehall in Shrewsbury on 8 February 2023. Representatives of each group/project received their award from Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for waste management, and Steve Mitchell, Veolia regional director.

Four are pictured here, with more photos available to view on our Flickr account.

Hope House received £1000 for a forest school

We are Veterans was awarded £920 for a remembrance bench and flower garden

Craven Arms Community Garden Young Gardeners received £950

Market Drayton Methodist Church Blue Bus was awarded £300

This first-ever EnviroGrant scheme in Shropshire enabled clubs or groups to apply for up to £1000 in funding for projects that benefit the local community or environment. The funding project is one of the many ways that Shropshire Council’s waste contract with Veolia goes to benefit the local community.

Steve Mitchell, Veolia regional director said:

“We were inundated with requests for Envirogrant funding and the judges faced a particularly difficult time whittling them down to the 19 projects that were finally selected.

“I am sure that the grants we are making will make a significant difference across Shropshire. We are delighted to be able to contribute to such a diverse range of projects that will have an impact across the whole of the county.”

Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for waste management, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with Veolia to help provide this funding to local groups. This is a really good example of how the council works with our partners to benefit the local community and I once again congratulate all those who submitted a successful bid.”

The Envirogrant scheme is aimed at groups who are looking to improve areas, from planting wildflowers to clearing paths to enable access. The scheme was  open for applications between 5 September and Monday 31 October 2022.

The full list of successful applicants with brief details of their projects are:

  • Hope House – Forest school.
  • Styche Brook and Gallows Bank Millennium Trust – Wildflower seeds.
  • Market Drayton Methodist Church – Resources for community bus.
  • Stottesdon Gateway Nursery – Forest school.
  • Girlguiding Shropshire – Raised beds planting.
  • Titterstone Clee Heritage Trust – Compost toilet.
  • Highley Primary School – School garden.
  • Berrington Village Hall – Guttering and water butts.
  • Belle Vue & Coleham Community Action Group – Food bank items.
  • The Bloom Group of Norton in Hales – Build a bird hide.
  • Marches Academy Trust – Tools & litter pick for community garden.
  • The Friends of Market Drayton Library – Muddy boot club, to create outdoor sessions.
  • We Are Veterans – Remembrance bench & flower garden.
  • Ash Parva Pond Association – Items to maintain a pond.
  • Whitchurch Bowls Club – Compost & recycling materials.
  • Craven Arms Young Gardeners – Young children garden project.
  • Alveley Cricket club – Trees & shrubs.
  • Claverley Cricket Club – Flowers & trees.
  • Oswestry Mens Sheds – Materials to rebuild shed.