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Projects the Community Fund has already helped

The Community Fund has managed to help many wonderful projects so far, here's some details on just a few of them.

Marton Community Garden, Rugby, Warwickshire - £5,597

Marton Playground and Playing Fields received £5,597 for the development of a community garden providing volunteering opportunities and including willow domes, rainwater harvesting, an edible garden, picnic area, and re-cycling scheme.

Following the easing of lockdown measures, Faye Chambers, Chair of Marton Parish Council, said it gave the whole community a boost to see work getting underway:

 

"It now feels so good that three months later, with careful adherence to guidelines, we've been able to start properly. We’ve started by making huge raised beds in the playground to encourage cross-generational growing and will be adding rainwater harvesting, composting, benches and welcome signs. Everyone involved commented how good it was to be working physically and socially for the community again. It made us all feel hopeful."
Faye Chambers, Chair of Marton Parish Council

Families First - Worcestershire - £18,189

Families First are a community based project in Worcestershire offering online advice and support to vulnerable families on a wealth of topics including food and nutrition, physical and mental health and dealing with stress and anxiety. With the help of the Community Fund, the groups have been able to continue their services despite of coronavirus, including running Parenting Peer Support groups online, and keeping connected to families via video and phone calls.

Buxton CoderDojo, Buxton - £3,500

Buxton CoderDojo is a volunteer led club for young people to learn how to code. They received a £3,500 donation for their next water efficiency based project, to develop electric programmable systems to monitor soil conditions and create a process where plants are automatically watered, using only the right amount of water required. The coronavirus hasn’t stopped this project from starting as they managed to do everything virtually – so it’s meant this unique project has been able to crack on, keeping children occupied during lockdown and learning coding at home! 

 

Rectory Wildlife Garden, Loughborough, Leicestershire - £10,000

Nestled between Fearon Hall, the Parish Church and the Old Rectory, which is now modern houses, is an odd shaped piece of land that was once the Rectory garden. It is being lovingly restored by a committed group of volunteers who want to create a usable, safe green space for local people to enjoy.

They have had their work cut out for them as the land was derelict, overrun with weeds, nettles and suffering from general misuse. But the hard work has started and after the efforts to clear the debris the new pond and paths are in place but there is still lots more to do.

The team have great plans in place to encourage local wildlife as well as preserving some of the original trees including an old mulberry tree that sits proudly right by one of the entrance gates.

As the seasons change and the work continues this green retreat right in the middle of Loughborough town centre will be one to watch as it develops from its once derelict state to a wonderful haven for wildlife and people alike.

"I am really pleased that Severn Trent are supporting this community garden initiative. The wildlife garden will be a real asset to the local community who will be able to get involved whatever their age, so good for children and adults alike, who may not have access to their own garden. A place that brings the local community together."
Coun Bokor, cabinet lead member for Loughborough
"With the efforts of the volunteers we will improve urban biodiversity and provide a tranquil space for Loughborough residents."
Gideon Cumming, Chair of Rectory Garden Community Group

Food Farmacy Co-op, Derbyshire - £25,384

Water and Bee-friendly allotment project, Staffordshire - £5,939

"We’re really excited that we’ve been able to support this wonderful project that uses sustainability to help create areas where wildflowers can grow, giving local wildlife the opportunity to thrive and bringing benefits to the local environment."
Jade Gough, Severn Trent Community Fund Officer

Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council have been awarded funding to create a wildflower verge to increase biodiversity and install water troughs at allotments in Stramshall, Staffordshire. 

"Severn Trent were the natural partners for this project. We needed to bring water to the site, in a way that was sustainable by way of water troughs and after consultation with the plot holders, it became clear they also wanted the creation of a wildflower verge to attract bees and other insects to the site to pollinate the crops."
Cllr Matt Slater, Chairman of the Parish Council

Fields Millenium Green, Kings Norton, Birmingham - £2,009

Sweet success for Fields Millennium Green!

Hidden in the residential Kings Norton Three Estates is a gem of green space, The Fields Millennium Green. Lovingly created from a wasteland and looked after by The Fields Millennium Green Trust since 2001, Maggie and Clive Sweet describe the space as a ‘green lung’ for the local community. 

The Trust were successful in their bid for wildflowers, native trees and fruit trees for the community orchard, where all can help themselves to apples, pears, damsons, cherries and sloes for free. 

 

The space has been thoughtfully landscaped to include a wetland area, playing field, storytelling and bushcraft nook, woodland play area, orchards, picnic areas and a willow tunnel - bringing conservation and wildlife back to Kings Norton.

Fruit and fallen trees are fully utilised to create jams and bird boxes, to sell at local fairs and raise money for the upkeep and continual improvements of the green.

We can’t wait to visit again when the wildflowers are in bloom.

Full list of funded projects

Alveley Cricket Club - Community Garden
Shropshire £10,000
Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens - Community Springs
Nottinghamshire £9,976
Beckford Community Village Hall  - Refurbishment Project
Gloucestershire
£10,000
Berrybrook Primary School - Wellbeing Hub
Central £8,524
Bishop Challoner College - Peace Garden
Central £2,050
Blaby & District Spartans Inclusive FC - Setting Up
Leicestershire
£2,000
Breast Cancer Haven - Support Groups for Younger Women affected by Breast Cancer
Central £2,952
Brimfield and Little Hereford Bowling Club - Accessible Bowling Shropshire £3,000
Brooke School - Garden School: a Brooke School and Local Community Project Warwickshire £13,743
Bulkington Road Allotments Association - New WC and Cleaning station Warwickshire £2,000
Buswells Lodge Primary School - Outdoor Learning Space Leicestershire £10,000
Buxton Coderdojo - Environmental Coding Derbyshire £3,500
COGS Prepares 4 Life - Saving Water for the Future Stafforshire £5,000
Cope Children's Trust - The Wonders of Water Leicestershire £74,651
Disability Direct - Plot to Plate Take Two Derbyshire £32,290
Emmanuel House Support Centre - Allotment Project Nottinghamshire £4,905
Evolve Nottingham CIC - 'Aye a minute' at Strelley Nottinghamshire £9,930
Farmacy Co-op - Healthy Social Enterprise Derbyshire £25,384
Forest Sensory Services - OWLS Project Gloucestershire £4,000
Forest Town Nature Conservation Group - Spawn on the Maun Nottinghamshire £3,751
Foxt Village Hall - Foxt FoSTering Friendships 2020 Staffordshire £5,464
Friends of Lyme Brook - Wildflower Meadow Creation Scheme Staffordshire £5,891
Gloucester and Forest Alternative Provision School - Dishwashers and Cutlery for Two Centres  Gloucestershire
£2,000
Gloucester Child Contact Centre - Upgrade of Resources: Supporting Children in Family Breakdown Situations Gloucestershire £2,000
Grange Child Development - Development Sessions Central £7,697
Harborough EcoVillage CIC - Community Room Leicestershire £8,949
Harbury Heritage Group - The New Harbury Heritage Centre Warwickshire £9,721
Haresfield Parish Council - Improvements to Langet Covert Gloucestershire £2,040
Hathern Amenity Fund - Community Lounge Improvements Leicestershire £10,000
Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club - Rafters Against Rubbish Nottinghamshire £10,000
Howes Primary School - Japanese Peace Garden Warwickshire £10,000
Impact 4Life Well-being - Healthier Lifestyles Central £9,900
Imperial Avenue Infant School - Forest School and Allotment Leicestershire £9,440
Kemerton Conservation Trust - New Boat and Onsite Storage Project Gloucestershire £3,600
Keresley Grange Primary Academy - Outdoor Learning Warwickshire £2,500
KIDS - Healthy Living and Wellbeing Project Central £10,000
Kingfisher Treasure Seekers - Food at The Cavern Gloucestershire £39,255
Lansdowne Allotment Association - Waterless Toilets for Allotment Site Warwickshire £9,341
Leicestershire Search and Rescue (aka LeicSAR) - Team Development Leicestershire £4,180
Little Rainbows Community Pre-School - Sensory Garden Leicestershire £32,464
Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club - Preparation for Community Use Leicestershire £9,999
Marton Parish Council - Playground and Playing Field Warwickshire £5,597
MHA - Relish: Supporting people living with dementia Staffordshire £8,208
National Space Centre - Project: Marble - Earth from Space Leicestershire £249,860
Nether Hall Special School - Mindful Forest Leicestershire £10,000
New Swannington Primary School - Sensory Garden and KS1/EYFS Permanent Forest Garden Leicestershire £3,796
North Warwickshire Borough Council - Atherstone Hatters Garden Warwickshire £9,510
Nowka Bais CIC - Active Lives Central £8,450
Oakwood Infant and Nursery School - Forest School Derbyshire £7,000
Outwoods Edge Primary School - Learning Allotment Leicestershire £5,946
PlayGROUND - Water Harvesting and Infrastructure at Greenaleigh Community Garden Central £9,963
Rectory Wildlife Gardeners - Rectory Wildlife Garden Leicestershire £10,000
Refugee Roots - A Place to Belong Nottinghamshire £22,800
Richard Bonington Primary and Nursery School - Wildlife Pond Nottinghamshire £6,935
Roots Out CIC - MyGrow Society Nottinghamshire £61,004
Roundhill Allotments Association - Wildlife Area and Water Capture  Worcestershire £6,710
Saltbox - Money Matters Staffordshire £16,769
Severn Valley Country Park Volunteers group - Country Pool Shropshire £5,412
Shakti Women in the Community - Women Walking on Water Central £9,980
Shipley Eco Action Group - Woodside Community Garden Derbyshire £6,243
Sinfin Moor Allotments Association - Community Hub Derbyshire £9,091
St Anne's Hostel - The Growing Project Central £2,535
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust - Water for Wellbeing Staffordshire £70,190
Suckley Parochial Church - Running Water to Wash Hands Worcestershire £4,360
Summerwood Community Garden - Clean Green Clifton Nottinghamshire £7,715
Sustainable Life - Woodland Work at Ten Acres Central £9,856
The B37 Project - River Watch Central £5,705
The Elm Foundation - Redecoration of Domestic Violence Refuges Derbyshire £16,119
The Fields Millennium Green Trust - Wildflower Bulbs and Fruit Trees Central £2,009
The Music Works - Gloucestershire Community Music Studios Gloucestershire £40,000
The Old Needle Works Foundation - Families First Worcestershire £18,160
The Peak Academy - Forest School Outdoor Cabin Gloucestershire £8,000
The Sherwood Forest Education Partnership - Coding club with 3D printers Nottinghamshire £9,807
The Skill Mill - East Midlands Canal and River Trust Project Nottinghamshire £10,000
TURN Education CIC - Water for Wellbeing Staffordshire £8,000
Uplands Infant School - Outdoor Learning Area Leicestershire £5,620
Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council - Water and Bee Friendly Allotment Project Staffordshire £5,939
Warley Woods Community Trust - Warley Woods Tree Nursery: Growing for a healthy future Central £6,527
Warwickshire Vision Support - Health and Wellbeing 2021 Warwickshire £9,883
WELLIES Project part of Staffordshire Care Farming Development CIC - Wellbeing Garden Derbyshire £10,000
Westley Vale Millennium Green Trust - Creation of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) Central £9,989

Applying for funding from the Severn Trent Community Fund

If your organisation is registered not-for-profit, and the project you would like to fund will benefit Severn Trent customers, you may be eligible for a grant from the Severn Trent Community Fund.