At the Town Council meeting on Monday 19th July 2021, Councillors agreed to establish a Green Community Fund.
The fund of £10,000 will promote and finance community projects that deliver on biodiversity priorities of the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan and would therefore relate to:
- ‘Greening the Town’, including protecting, enhancing and expanding upon existing green features,
- Sustainable spaces, such as planned un-managed grasslands, nectar-rich species for insects and butterflies and open-water features,
- Biodiversity Conservation, including preserving wildlife and biodiversity, encouraging biodiversity and creating wildlife habitats.
Cllr Jon Kelly, who proposed the Green Community Fund on behalf of the Neighbourhood Plan Implementation Group, explained that he hoped the new grant scheme would “promote community engagement with the Neighbourhood Plan and in particular the important aspects relating to biodiversity” and that “the fund would help groups in the community to deliver their own projects”.
The Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan was adopted when it passed its referendum of Wilmslow residents in October 2019. Areas that the Green Fund incorporates are Aspiration A8: Greening the Town, Policy LSP2: Sustainable Spaces and Policy NE5: Biodiversity and Conservation.
Additionally, the Green Community Fund will contribute to some of the aims of the UN Climate Change conference (COP26) which takes place later this year, such as working together to enable and encourage countries affected by climate change to protect and restore ecosystems.
Chairman Martin Watkins said, “I wholeheartedly support the establishment of the Green Community Fund. The projects funded by the new grant will have a positive impact on Wilmslow’s natural environment and in turn help to promote awareness of nature and climate challenges, all of which will benefit the Wilmslow community. I would like to thank Cllr Jon Kelly and the Neighbourhood Plan Implementation Group for suggesting the initiative.”
Full details of the Green Community Fund, including the full criteria and application form, can be found here.