The Mendip Hills Fund has awarded six grants to a range of community and environmental projects this festive season.
Grants were awarded to East Harptree School Environment Club to buy new equipment and Blagdon Primary School for weekly forest school visits. Osprey Outdoors were given a grant so they can maintain their conservation volunteering for mental health service users, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clients and long term unemployed.
Blagdon Orchard Group have been given a grant to design a book to celebrate their community orchard and St Andrews Church in Blagdon got a grant for the architects fees for restoration of the Grade II Listed lychgate. Somerset Wildlife Trust were also given a grant for an interpretation board for Mascall’s Wood, Cheddar.
In total the fund has given out nearly £6000 this winter. The Mendip Hills Fund is a partnership between Somerset Community Foundation and Mendip Hills AONB Partnership providing a community fund to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills.
Jim Hardcastle, manager of the Mendip Hills AONB said, ‘It’s great to see such a wide variety of local people benefiting from the fund. The panel who make the decisions were really pleased to see the number of children who will benefit from grants to get out and about in the area.’
Funds are raised from businesses and visitors who wish to give something back to this very special area, helping to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Mendip Hills, and benefit local communities. To donate visit mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/mendip_hills_fund