New fund provides grants for landscape projects
The Quantock Hills AONB Service now has a Greater Quantock Landscape Development Fund providing grants of up to £20,000 to local communities, farmers, landowners and individuals.
The fund has been provided by EDF Energy and is part of the mitigation measures associated with the Hinkley Point C development.
Funding rounds occur quarterly and the coming application deadlines are 10th January, 28th March and 20th June. Projects could include tree planting, works to manage hedgerows, orchard planting or restoration, planting of wildflower meadows, management of small woodlands, willow pollarding or pond restoration. There are also opportunities for funding for restoration of heritage features, such as dry stone walls.
Quantock Hills Joint Advisory Chairman, Anthony Trollope-Bellew said ‘This is a great opportunity for our local communities to improve their landscapes. We hope that by being able to support a wide range of projects across the Greater Quantock Hills area it will improve the distinctive landscape of western Somerset.'
If you are interested call the Quantock Hills AONB Service on 01823 451884 and ask for Iain Porter.
The eligible area includes the parishes of Broomfield, Cannington, Chilton Trinity, Durleigh, East Quantoxhead, Enmore, Fiddington, Goathurst, Holford, Kilve, Nether Stowey, Otterhampton, Over Stowey, Spaxton, Stogursey, Stockland Bristol, Stringston, Watchet, Wembdon, West Quantoxhead, Williton.
To download the fund information sheet click here
To download the fund application form click here
Georgie Grant - August 2014