An information and celebration event to launch the Natural Networks Grant Programme is being held on January 31.
The scheme offers businesses and not–for-profit organisations grants and specialist advice to improve their natural spaces.
Funding for the programme has been secured by the County Council from the European Regional Development Fund. It is being delivered in partnership by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and aims to offer organisations with publicly accessible land funding and specialist advice to improve the quality of Worcestershire's natural environments.
The launch event will take place at Worcestershire Wildlife Trust's HQ at Lower Smite Farm, between Worcester and Droitwich from 6pm until 8pm, with hot and cold refreshments. Welcoming guests will be County Councillor Tony Miller and there will be presentations from local biodiversity experts including Lucy Wood from the Environment Agency on developing wetlands and Mike Williams from Butterfly Conservation on woodland restoration.
Natural Networks will run until summer 2021 and will provide a free biodiversity enhancement survey and offer match-funded grants to enhance the biodiversity of sites owned by small and medium businesses, 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.
Worcestershire parish councillors, businesses, not for profit organisations, churches and anyone with publicly accessible land are amongst those being invited to come along, find out more and see if they are eligible.
Jasmine Walters, Natural Networks Officer, who will be undertaking some of the surveys and giving advice and assistance with grant applications for the project, said: "I am really looking forward to meeting everyone during the evening. This programme offers a huge range of possibilities, it is so exciting to hear more about the potential projects."
Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment at the County Council, added: "This is a great opportunity for organisations to get involved with creating and maintaining local natural heritage and making a difference to wildlife in Worcestershire.
"Our countryside assets and natural heritage are some of the things that set Worcestershire apart and this is a chance to not only celebrate and appreciate but really take part in conserving our rich natural landscape."
To be successful a number of criteria applies, including the requirement for match funding and public access to sites supported through the scheme.
The Welcome Event is open to anyone but it is very relevant to parish councils, small and medium businesses, not for profit organisation and statutory bodies. There is no cost to come along but please sign up to attend via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcome-to-natural-networks-registration-52602586753