Grants for biodiversity projects on offer
Our PEBBLE fund, ‘Projects that Explore Biodiversity Benefits in the Local Environment’, is now open to applications for any community groups who want to encourage and enhance biodiversity.
Applications are invited for funding up to £10,000, from schools, youth groups, wildlife groups, charities or community organisations for any projects designed to improve, restore or create new habitats, and which benefit biodiversity, the environment and have a positive impact on the local community.
Previous successful applications have included creating new ponds to provide habitats for plants and animals, gardens planted with species providing diversity for wildlife such as birds or butterflies, the transformation of areas of neglected or derelict space through planting a wider variety of plant species and improvements to local rivers and streams through work to improve flows, and the surrounding habitat for wildlife.
Since the launch of PEBBLE in 2016, over 360 hectares have been improved through these awards to support local projects in the South Staffs region. Projects funded have included tree planting, ponds, outdoor classrooms, river restoration and community gardens.
Dan Clark, Water Resources and Environment Manager for South Staffs Water, said:
"At South Staffs Water, we recognise the importance of the local environment, and the part we play in the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. Increasing the variety of natural living things and the diversity of the habitats where they live not only benefits wildlife, it can also enhance local communities and our open spaces.”
Applications can be submitted until 31 July 2019. Visit our PEBBLE pages for more information and to apply.
Find out more about the PEBBLE fund
Added: May 1 2019