Sheffield projects receive cash windfall

Community event.
Community event.

Two community and environmental projects in Sheffield have received funding boosts from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust has received a grant of £19,000 towards a project to protect the habitat of the willow tit at Fox Hagg Nature Reserve, Rivelin Valley.

The willow tit is an “at risk” species that has suffered at least a 50 per cent decline in the last 25 years.

Found in willow thickets at the edge of damp places such as marshland and peat bog, its habitat is under threat and the project will carry out work to promote the willow and the plants it needs to thrive.

Chris Grice, from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, said: “Wet woodland itself is a threatened habitat and this work will benefit the wildlife which needs it to survive - chiefly the willow tit, but also other birds and several species of bat and insects.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this grant and we look forward to getting the project started.”

A grant of £5,000 has also been awarded to Gatty Memorial Hall, Ecclesfield, towards the installation of a new energy-efficient heating system.

The hall is used for a range of community groups and activities including a pre-school group, a mothers’ union, and various concerts.

Adrian Briggs, trustee of Gatty Memorial Hall, said: “This grant is great news. It means we are one step closer to making the hall more comfortable for our user groups, which range from young children to older people.”

The grants were awarded at the trust’s quarterly board, where more than £820,000 was awarded to 27 community and environmental projects across the UK.

Since 1997, it has awarded £3,815,392 to projects in South Yorkshire through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “We were pleased to be able to be able to help these projects that will benefit the community and wildlife of Sheffield.

“The grants show how the trust and the Landfill Communities Fund are a vital source of funding for projects that are really needed, and which will make a real difference to people’s lives and the environment. We look forward to seeing work start.”