Cottingley Primary Academy Granted Greener Pastures

12 Feb 2014

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 and around Leeds 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 Cottingley Primary School's woodland development plans. They will be using the money to dramatically improve their school grounds and help develop them into an outdoor learning space.

Lorraine White, Headteacher commented: "We are delighted to have been awarded this grant and have already begun work on improving our story circle space. We will be able to use the money to buy trees, tree tubes and stakes, marginal plants and assorted bulbs to really bring the area to life! It will also help bring in a forester to support us with the work and encourage the community of Cottingley to get involved in our future 'learning and growing' together projects such as this one. "

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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