2015 Green Grant winners announced

Tuesday 15th December 2015
First TransPennine Express (FTPE) and the Forestry Commission have announced the successful applications to their 2015 Green Grant funding.

In total 17 community projects will share in more than £26,000 in funding this year. The scheme, fully funded by FTPE, supports community-based environmental projects across the rail operator’s network, which runs throughout the North of England and into Scotland. Since the scheme began in 2008 more than 100 projects have shared in almost £190,000 worth of funding.

Doormice in hand
Rusland Valley and Fells Landscape Partnership have been awarded £2,500 to monitor and support the endangered Hazel Doormouse in Cumbria - photo courtesy of Edward Mills.

First TransPennine Express Managing Director Nick Donovan said: 

“This year we received a record number of applications, which allowed us to support a wide variety of environmental improvement projects across the north. We're proud of the work we've been able to fund over the past eight years with The Green Grants scheme. It’s been a huge success in helping to create a more sustainable environment in our local communities.”

The Forestry Commission has worked with FTPE to deliver the Green Grants scheme since its inception in 2008. FC Adviser James Anderson-Bickley said this year’s funding will help plant more trees than ever before:

“We are helping community groups plant more than 6,800 trees and protect some of Britain’s rarest and most amazing species including dormice, freshwater pearl mussels and barn owls. Most importantly we are also helping to bring nature and environmental sustainability to our communities.”

Full list of 2015 FTPE and FC Green Grant winners:

  • Cartmel Crescent Allotment Association awarded £120 for raw materials to build 30 bird and bat boxes in Oldham.

  • Chorlton on Medlock Allotment Society awarded £1750 to plant trees and plants to re-invigorate Brunswick estate, Greater Manchester.

  • Trees for Cities- Salford awarded £2500 for the planting of 1500 trees in Salford.

  • Wright Robinson College in Manchester awarded £389 to build a pond and eco-garden.

  • Friends of Moston Brook awarded £300 to plant wildflower meadow plants in three meadows in Greater Manchester.

  • St Mary’s RC Primary School in Levenshulme, Greater Manchester, awarded £2500 to start a gardening club.

  • Sustrans Fallowfield Loop Volunteers awarded £2177 to plant trees, plants and build bat boxes near Chorlton.

  • Lancashire Wildlife Trust awarded £2488 for the planting of 1500 willow trees in Greater Manchester.

  • Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust awarded £1925 to plant 154 trees in a new wetland habitat reserve in Hailes Quarry Park.

  • Derwent Riverside Project awarded £570 to build four wildlife habitat benches in Malton Castle Garden.

  • Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows and York Natural Environment Trust awarded £456 for the installation of three barn owl boxes.

  • The Conservation Volunteers at Skelton Grange awarded £2201 run a weekly programme with activities including restoring ponds and building bat boxes in South Leeds.

  • Rusland Valley and Fells Landscape Partnership awarded £2,500 to monitor and support the endangered Hazel Dormouse in Cumbria.

  • South Cumbria Rivers Trust awarded £2,000 to protect and restore Freshwater Pearl Mussel populations throughout the River Kent.

  • The Conservation Volunteers at North Ferriby Riverside Walkway awarded £2,153 to improve disabled access to the woodland in the Hull area.

  • New Marske in Bloom awarded £103 to plant trees in New Marske, North Yorkshire.

  • Trees for Cities- Sheffield awarded £2500 for the planting of 3030 trees across four sites in Sheffield.

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