Anglian Water’s Flourishing Environment Grant is open for applications.
The grant was set up by the water company last year to support wetland habitat and wildlife conservation led by community groups and charities.
Previous recipients of the grant include the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Bury Water Meadows group in Bury St Edmunds and the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.
One of the projects that has benefited from the Anglian Water’s Flourishing Environment Grant is river restoration on the river Lark. The Bury St Edmunds Trout Club will restore stretch of the river to make it suitable for brown trout. The restoration will benefit many wetland species as well as improving water quality.
Chris Gerrard, natural catchment and biodiversity manager for Anglian Water, said: “Protecting the environment is extremely important to ensure this region’s flora and fauna thrives. Increasing the diversity of habitats not only benefits wildlife, it also enhances water quality, local communities and open spaces and that’s why the Flourishing Environment grant has been made 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. It can be used for habitat creation and restoration, 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