Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council has secured a £40,934 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Rebuilding Biodiversity theme, will regenerate waste-ground and reintroduce a diverse range of habitats to benefit the local community and wildlife.
Saffron Heath’s nearest green space accessible to the community is currently almost two miles away. Therefore, a plot of currently disused land will be rejuvenated with the help of local volunteers to make the space accessible for community recreation. An existing field pond will be revived, hedgerows reinstated, a diverse wild flower meadow created, and locally significant fruit trees planted. All plantings will have a wild food value and the community actively encouraged to harvest them.
Sarah Field, Project Manager, said:
“The Biffa Award grant will enable us to transform an eyesore which has been a magnet for fly tipping into a valuable resource for people and wildlife. We are planting wildflowers this summer and plan a large tree planting event in the autumn. Longer term plans include planting to encourage Bees and areas to forage for wild foods.”
Resident (whose house overlooks the site), said:
“It will be so much better for us, we enjoy watching the wildlife and now there will be even more. I am so pleased something is being done with the land.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”