Rail company’s £26,000 boost for conservation projects

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RAIL firm First TransPennine Express is offering £26,000 in grants to tree and woodland conservation projects.

The firm, which runs services through Sheffield and Doncaster, is providing Green Grants funding for the fifth year running, working with the Forestry Commission.

Since the scheme was established in 2007, the rail operator has supported 43 projects and this year’s donation will mean that more than £100,000 has been committed.

Green Grants is open to community groups, clubs, schools, charities and anyone who allows open access to their land. Applicants can apply for up to £2,000 per environmental project.

Cath Johnston, Environmental Manager for First TransPennine Express, said: “The Green Grants Scheme benefited many worthwhile areas last year so it is great to have the opportunity to do this again and enable more communities to benefit.”

James Bickley, Forestry Commission woodland officer, said: “The schemes this money supports are of huge social and environmental benefit to the communities they are in.

“Previous projects that have been supported have included the planting of new trees and flowers, access paths created, and habitat improved for rare species of butterfly.

“I hope that people will come forward to take advantage of these grants and make a difference to the quality of the environment.”

Judges will award grants based on a description of the work, the impact it will have, involvement of the local community, the positive impact on the environment and how close the project is to the rail network.

n Log on to www.tpexpress.co.uk/about-ftpe/community-and-environment/environment.htm for details. Applications must be received by October 14.