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Big Green success for six community-focused greenspaces

Six community-led projects have been awarded a share of £90,000 to encourage residents to fall in love with the city again and unite communities across Stoke-on-Trent.

In June the city council launched The Big Green Fund where residents and community groups were able to apply for up to £15,000 to help clear and rejuvenate local brownfield/abandoned plots of land, unadopted alleyways, an area in a local park or small grass areas.

After careful consideration and project sustainability checks, two projects in the North, Central, and South areas of the city have been chosen from 43 applications.

The successful applicants are:

  • Travers Street, Middleport wellbeing garden - £15,000

  • Sneyd Green Community Centre community garden - £15,000

  • City Farm, Bucknall educational resources - £14,840

  • Portland Street, Hanley community garden - £14,000

  • Ingleby Road, Blurton community garden - £15,000

  • Unadopted alleyway, Meir community garden - £15,000

Councillor Amjid Wazir, cabinet member for city pride, enforcement and sustainability said: “Overall, we were blown away by the level of applications and it was truly wonderful to see how many people love the city and want to see big changes within the community. It really was a tough job sifting through the applications.

“What makes the Big Green Fund so special, is we are giving a slice of the city back to passionate residents and communities. This initiative is a prime example of how a small investment can have the potential to reap big rewards for communities. By supporting residents to help them improve their local area, it will also reduce clean-up costs, fly-tipping, and waste, and provide clean, green spaces for health and wellbeing.

“Thank you to all the individuals and community groups who applied for the Big Green Funding, and for all they do to improve their communities.

I am looking forward to seeing how the successful projects progress.”

Further details on the start date of projects will be made in the coming weeks. As projects develop, Stoke-on-Trent City Council will look to support more community-focused projects as resources allow.


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