Funding boost to help improve Chapeltown Park

Friends of Chapeltown and High Green Parks has received a grant from First TransPennine Express and the Forestry Commission

Friends of Chapeltown and High Green Parks has received a grant from First TransPennine Express and the Forestry Commission

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Wild flowers and fruit trees are being planted in a Sheffield park to encourage more birds and wildlife.

Transport firm First TransPennine Express teamed up with the Forestry Commission to give projects in South Yorkshire the opportunity to win the cash under its Green Grants scheme to help make green-fingered improvements to their local environment.

The friends of Chapeltown and High Green Parks successfully applied for funding for work at Chapeltown Park.

The charity seeks to improve run-down parks for the community to enjoy and will use local contractors and school pupils to help them plant the flowers and trees.

Secretary, Doris Denton, said: “The planting work and renovation will have a very positive effect on the local community, situated in a less-fortunate part of Sheffield. Working closely with surrounding schools and organisations means that all of the work we do is personal to the area.

“Since we were established in 2003, we have fulfilled many improvements including a children’s play area and a butterfly glade, as well as making information available at the local library. We are very much looking forward to seeing how our next project benefits Chapeltown.”

The competition is open annually to community groups, charities, allotment associations, schools and other individuals who allow open access to their land and applicants can apply for up to £3,000.

Peter Roberts, environmental and safety information manager at First TransPennine Express, said: “Local communities, our passengers and our employees have benefitted from the many environmental improvement projects as a result of the scheme.”