Funding boost for biodiversity and community groups

Graphic stating Pebble - projects that explore biodiversity benefits in the local environment

We are helping to improve the environment by supporting six projects, which are working to help biodiversity in our supply area.

The six charities and community groups will receive funding totalling over £8,570 for projects that encourage and enhance biodiversity in 6.4 hectares (equivalent to over six rugby pitches) as well as having a positive community impact.

The projects include creation of wetlands, habitats for birds, bats and bugs, and wildflower planting.
  • Marsh Recreation Ground and Community Centre Trust, Kinver:
    Planting for Wildlife project - creation of a wetland in a dried-up lake
  • Change Grow Live, Lye:
    Recovery Garden – creation of a wildlife-friendly therapeutic garden for service users.
  • Kinver High School:
    Nature Reserve - outdoor classroom with habitats for bats, birds and invertebrates
  • Greysbrooke Primary School, Shenstone:
    Green Greysbrooke – creation of a “pollinator paradise” and “wildlife wilderness” on community land near the school
  • BUDS, Barlow Community Centre, Oldbury:
    Buds Talking Garden – creation of a wildlife garden for people living with dementia to watch and talk about.
  • Harvills Hawthorn Primary School, West Bromwich:
    Science Garden – creating habitats to encourage wildlife and use for the science curriculum.

Since the launch of the PEBBLE fund in 2016, 61.1 hectares (equivalent to over 61 rugby pitches) have been improved thanks to these awards.

"We’re not just here to provide our customers with high quality water, we want to improve the environment for current communities and for future generations.

We do that by supporting and funding the community groups and charities, which are working hard to increase the variety of natural living things and the diversity of the habitats where they live. This is work which not only benefits wildlife, but also enhances local communities and our open spaces.

This year's successful projects were chosen by a combination of our staff volunteers across the business and customers on our online community. I’m looking forward to seeing how these projects progress."

Dan Clark, Water Resources and Environment Manager.


Find out more about the PEBBLE fund

Posted: 7 October 2022