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Council Provides Community Funding for Bio-Diversity Projects

Funding is being made available for every ward in Waltham Forest so that communities can deliver projects to establish and encourage bio-diversity in their local area.



Waltham Forest Council has made £1,000 available in each ward, which residents can bid for to spend on bio-diversity projects such as creating animal homes and shelters, opening up and improving areas of interest and providing new interpretation boards.



The announcement comes as the RSPB issues its 2016 State of Nature report, which shows the extent to which the UK’s wildlife is at risk, with one in six animals, birds, fish and plants having been lost.



Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “The new State of Nature report gives some shocking findings on how our wildlife is decreasing, with more than one in ten species now under threat of extinction. This means we have to do what we can now to preserve and foster our nature bio-diversity for future generations.



“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. Whether looking at what we do in our gardens or 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.”



Other examples of projects that residents may want to put forward for their area include creating new wildflower meadow areas, water gardens, natural hedges and specialist habitats.



Residents 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 www.walthamforest.gov.uk and entering their postcode.



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