As part of the council’s £1 million funding commitment to the Social Sector Fund, £300,000 has been allocated to the Environmental Challenge Fund.
Community groups will work with their local Councillor to identify environmental improvements in their local area and develop a bid for funding (if required) with their local Councillor.
This is a great example of how working better together and pooling resources and expertise can achieve a greater impact. This is a further illustration of Knowsley Better Together - everyone playing their part to achieve the best we can.
Councillors in each of the Council’s 15 wards and across the four townships (Kirkby, Huyton, Halewood, Prescot/Whiston/Cronton) have access to funding that will lead to environmental improvements and positive behaviour change in their communities.
Since launching in June 2017, a number of bids have already been approved and the groups are already making a positive impact in their local communities. These include:
- Page Moss Public Spaces Project for the purchase of trip rails and site cleaning equipment to be used by community groups to clear open land sites and detract fly tipping in the area.
- St John’s in Bloom is a partnership initiative between Innovate Volunteering, local shops on Manor Farm Road and local residents which saw volunteers making hanging baskets, working with local school children at Sylvester School, which were then displayed in and around the St Gabriels ward in Huyton. The aim was to develop community spirit and community pride in the area whilst also brightening up the local area.
- Northwood Community clean up was allocated funding to contribute towards the purchase of equipment, including skip hire and litter picking equipment, to carry out community clean ups in key locations in the Northwood ward of Kirkby. It is hoped that a ‘friends’ group will be also be established to take a lead on keeping key spaces free from environmental crime including litter, graffiti and dog fouling.
- Inspirational Renovation at St Margaret Mary’s Junior School saw the creation of an inspiring outside space for pupils including an outside classroom, plus a range of different areas including horticultural, eco, science, a beach volleyball space along with a miniature Shakespearian theatre, taking The Globe in London as their inspiration.
To find out more about the Environmental Challenge Fund, speak to your local Councillor. All Councillor details are available on the council’s website.