Anglian Water’s Flourishing Environment Grant is now open for applications. The grant was set up by the water company to support wetland habitat and wildlife conservation, led by community groups and charities.
Previous recipients of the grant include the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Little Ouse Headwaters Project and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.
One of the projects that benefited from the grant last year is the wetland restoration in the Gaywood Valley, west Norfolk. Norfolk Wildlife Trust are using the grant to protect and enhance rare wetland mire habitats, bringing wider benefits including public access and water quality.
Chris Gerrard, Natural Catchment and Biodiversity Manager for Anglian Water, said: “Protecting the environment is extremely important to ensure this region’s wildlife thrives. Increasing the diversity of habitats not only benefits wildlife, it also enhances water quality, local communities and open spaces. That’s why we’re so pleased to make the Flourishing Environment Grant available for charity organisations and community groups to help support the diverse wetland habitats in this region.”
The grant funding is targeted specifically to the conservation and protection of wetland habitat and species conservation and invasive non-native species control.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday, August 1. To qualify, the target habitats and species should be those of principal importance, as defined by Section 41 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act. Projects should take place within the Anglian Water and Hartlepool Water Regions.
The Flourishing Environment Grant application form can be downloaded at: https://www.cambscf.org.uk/anglianwater.html