The Mendip Hills Fund is able to make grants to ten projects this festive season. Thanks to a record year of fundraising the scheme that helps environmental and community projects on the Mendip Hills has had more money than ever to give away.
Grants were awarded to;
Stoke St. Michael War Memorial Hall to make a redundant piece of land more environmentally friendly.
Osprey Outdoors to teach vocational skills through conservation work to long term unemployed.
Mendip Mountain Bikers group to improve trail signage in Rowberrow Forest
Darshill & Bowlish Conservation Society for their local heritage project.
Cheddar Community Partnership for an interpretation panel by the Island Beds in the gorge.
Cheddar First School, Chewton Mendip Primary and Priddy school to create better access to the nature areas or forest school sites.
Strawberry Line East group to buy scythes for maintaining wildlife areas.
Rickford Community Association for buying new fruit trees.
All the successful projects will be contacted soon by the Somerset Community Foundation with their official confirmation.
In total the fund has given out nearly £11,000 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, ‘We’ve had an amazing year raising money for the fund, special thanks to the organisers of the Butcombe Trail Ultramarathon who donated over £3000. Visitors and local businesses are really happy to contribute when they see the success of the Mendip Hills Fund on the ground. 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 please click here.