Worcestershire County Council receives a £1.3million grant

Flowers Published Tuesday, 28th August 2018

More trees will be planted around Worcestershire and new wildflower meadows created after the county was awarded a £1.3million grant.

The money from the European Regional Development Fund will help launch The Natural Networks programme later this year, which is aimed at improving the quality of Worcestershire's natural environment.


Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment, said: "I am delighted that Worcestershire has received this grant from the European Regional Development Fund.


"We are really excited to work with communities and landowners to conserve and restore our county's natural environment so that everyone can appreciate and enjoy Worcestershire's rich natural landscape."


The programme aims to provide free biodiversity enhancement surveys and grants to enhance the biodiversity of sites owned by small and medium businesses (SMEs), public and third sector organisations.


These organisations can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £200,000 for projects such as native tree planting, creation of native wildflower meadows and increasing biodiversity along water courses.


The three-year programme, due to end summer 2021, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  It will be managed by the County Council and run in partnership with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.


Worcestershire organisations and small to medium sized businesses can find out if they are eligible for this support by emailing sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk to register their interest. 


A number of criteria applies, including the requirement for match funding and public access to sites supported through the scheme.