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Council Makes Funding Available for Bio-diversity Projects

Community groups and organisations in Waltham Forest are being urged to apply for funding to deliver projects which establish and encourage bio-diversity locally.

Waltham Forest Council has made £1,000 available in each ward in the borough, which groups can bid for to spend on bio-diversity projects such as creating animal homes and shelters, planting native trees and shrubs, creating new water features for wildlife and bulb planting.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We know that Waltham Forest residents are passionate about protecting and enhancing the environment in their local communities, which is why we are making this funding available for every ward in the borough. We all need to do more to improve our role and contribution in helping our native wildlife survive and thrive. This can be in our parks, churchyards, schools, playgrounds and streets.

“I encourage residents and community groups to start putting their ideas forward to their ward councillors now, and of course we will do all we can to facilitate and support these projects.”

The funding is available to local community and resident groups, allotment site committees, schools, cemeteries, church yards and friends of parks groups. It can be used to establish a new bio-diversity project or to extend and improve an existing one.

All projects that increase bio-diversity will be considered for funding, as long as they are based in Waltham Forest and will be for the benefit of local residents.

Proposals must include location of the project, nature of activities involved, details of how it will benefit bio-diversity and the local community, and proposed cost. All proposals must be received by 31 January 2017.

Groups can put forward their ideas now by contacting their local ward councillor. If residents are unsure who their ward councillor is they can check by visiting and entering their postcode.

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