First TransPennine Express teams up with the Forestry Commission donates over £20,000 to tree and woodland conservation projects.

For the 7th consecutive year, local train company First TransPennine Express has joined forces with the Forestry Commission to give biodiversity projects in Kirklees the opportunity to win a grant up to £2,000 to help them make green-fingered improvements to their local environment and the votes are in for the worthy recipients.

One of these impressive projects selected for funding is, The Friends of Scholes Recreation Ground, based in Kirklees. Whilst working alongside the council, they will be using the money to dramatically improve the recreation ground in the village, which is currently underused and uninspiring to locals within the community.

Anna Waterfield, Treasurer of The Friends of Scholes Recreation Ground Garden commented: "We are delighted to have been awarded this grant, our aim is to create an area of beauty, by planting an orchard of fruit trees and native British trees around the perimeter of the recreation ground.  The trees are being sourced from a plant nursery which grow the trees on a farm in the village and we plan to hold a planting day in February 2014 for all the community to get involved in."

FTPE has been helping improve the environment and encourage the growth of wildlife in the North of England and into Scotland since 2007. The competition is open annually to community groups, charities, allotment associations, schools and other individuals who allow open access to their land. Applicants could apply for up to £2000 in green grants for environmental projects. The donations form part of FTPE's long-term £125,000 commitment to providing and protecting green areas on and around FTPE routes.

A select team of judges, comprised of FTPE and Forestry Commission representatives, carefully considered each application. Factors to be taken into account will be the involvement with and impact on the local community, as well as the overall positive environmental impact and proximity to FTPE stations.

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