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Funding secured for fishing pond improvements

by Cathy Sheel

Improvements to a Whiston fishing pond will go ahead, thanks to a successful funding bid by Knowsley Council to the Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund.

A project to improve the landscaping at Mellor’s Pond in Whiston – a popular venue for anglers and local visitors alike – will receive £29,000 from the fund. As well as a general tidy-up of the site and levelling works around the pond, the project will create new areas of wetland habitat and tree planting around the area.

The enhancements will improve the climate change resilience of the site through better drainage and increasing biodiversity through habitat management and creation. It is expected the improvement works will start during the autumn / winter period.

Other local projects are also celebrating receiving funding from the Community Environment Fund.

  • The Friends of Molyneux Drive Woodland and Forestry Space – Creating a sustainable environmental resource for learning and fun activity for the community.
  • Knowsley Foodbank – Development of a Reduce your Impact Pack
  • Knowsley Disability Concern’s Plot to Plate project
  • The Eco Therapy Garden C.I.C, Kirkby – Creation of a Pond for All

Grants from the 2022 Community Environment Fund were available for smaller projects of up to £5,000, with up to £30,000 available for larger projects.

The aims for the 2022 fund are:

  • To improve the Liverpool City Region’s environment
  • To develop opportunities for environmental education to encourage long-term behavioural change
  • To promote community buy-in and participation to safeguard the long-term sustainability of quality green spaces.

The fund also seeks to help the Liverpool City Region become net zero by 2040, reduce air pollution and improve the health and wellbeing of people across the whole city region.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “We are delighted our funding bid for the Mellor’s Pond programme has been successful as these improvements work will greatly enhance local facilities and bring lasting benefits to the Whiston community.

“It’s also great to see a number of our local groups receiving support as these community projects make a real and immediate difference to people’s lives and their activities all help deal with the challenge of climate emergency – something which the council is committed to tackling.”