Three Knowsley community projects are to benefit from the Liverpool City Region’s Community Environment Fund.
The Littlewoods of Stockbridge Association & Junior Rangers, The Old Schoolhouse Community Project, Huyton and Parish Church of St Gabriel in Huyton will benefit from the £500,000 fund.
The successful projects are set to contribute to the City Region’s target of being net carbon zero by 2040, improve people’s surroundings across the region, while also bringing health benefits, encouraging long-term behavioural change and promoting community engagement and participation in environmental education programmes.
The funding will help the Littlewoods of Stockbridge Association and Junior Rangers create the ‘Nine Trees Pond’, encouraging biodiversity by planting wildflower seeds and marginal plants around the perimeter of a pond in the community, which will be cleared of bramble and invasive plants.
The Old Schoolhouse Community Project in Huyton will transform their existing community garden into a ‘Monet Garden’, taking inspiration from painters and sculptors who have famously used nature as a theme in their work. This will include installing a pond, encouraging new habitats and increased biodiversity.
With the support of the Community Environment Fund, a space will be created at St Gabriel’s for food growing, a wildflower area and the installation of bird and bat boxes. The garden will be available to the community to use as a safe space to socialise and connect with nature.
The successful Community Environment Fund projects support the following themes:
- Climate change and resilience
- Air quality and transport
- Accessible green spaces, habitats and biodiversity
- Waste and resources
- Health and wellbeing
- Carbon and environment literacy
- Energy reduction
- Food and agriculture
Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Climate Partnership, established to act as an advisory body to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, and of Nature Connected, said:
“Our local action here can make a real difference to a global problem. We have seen over lockdown how much people care about their local environment, and how important it is to their lives.
“Applications to the Community Environment Fund have been breath-taking in their range and scope. As a City Region we will be able to build on that enthusiasm and take action through these projects.”