Grants and Community Projects
The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is sparsely populated, with small settlements and many isolated farmsteads. However, the activity that many of these communities undertake is vital in protecting and enhancing their own environment and the wider landscape.
The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service work with communities on numerous projects, including landscape and conservation improvements, local business ventures and information provision. Basically, any community within the AONB can contact us for assistance, guidance and help in funding opportunities for projects that can improve their environment and we will help and assist wherever possible. We currently run two schemes; The Small Grant Scheme (SGS) has a maximum amount available of £1,000 and the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is for applications between £1,000 and £15,000. All projects must be completed, with the paperwork signed off, by 28th February in order to meet the end of financial year deadlines.
Both SDF & SGS have closed for 2016/17 and we hope that they will reopen in May 2017, depending on funding.
Here are just a few successful projects supported by the SGS:
- Promoting disability access of the Lindsey Trail – contribution towards creating a promotional DVD of the Lindsey Trail, which highlights the accessibility of a locally manufactured terrain hopper, which allows countryside access for those with mobility issues. The video clip can be viewed at the foot of the page on Access the Dales website
- Historic building work – the restoration of a key carved feature on Tealby School, with its Latin motto inscribed in local stone.
- Crafty enterprise – the provision of a new storage facility at a local craft workshop, along with outdoor seating for craft enthusiasts.
Henry Winn Project – assistance to produce an interpretation board about Henry Winn, a Victorian notable writer, poet, grocer and parish clerk in Fulletby.
- Biodiversity benefits – Hedging restoration and creation, wetland and ditching works, along with fencing of old meadows to allow grazing by rare breed sheep were also undertaken in conjunction between the landowners and the LWCS. These small schemes help create and maintain important habitat features in the wider landscape, bringing real benefit to farmland biodiversity.
- Teaching Trees – help was given to the Royal Forestry Society in getting primary schools out to local woodland for learning opportunities.
- Brookenby Community Arts Project – a Group of 20 8-18 year olds took part in art workshops to create sculptures celebrating their village's heritage.
Some successful projects supported by the SDF are:
- Interpreting the Landscape –interpretation panels updated and replaced across the Wolds, with new artwork and information.
- Ludford & District Playing Fields Association – green oak benches, new walk leaflet and an accompanying interpretation panel has been completed, improving the village hall setting as a base to explore the Viking Way.
- Hemingby Ancient and Modern – A Village History – the history group of Hemingby, through involvement with the Down Your Wold Project, were approached to update a previously published history book of the parish. They decided to dig deeper to uncover more information and undertake further integrated research within the village and parish. The resulting local history book will be launched during the spring of 2016.
- Watering Belchford – the provision of water supply to three grass fields within the village to service a series of water troughs. This joint project between the landowner, LWCS and Natural England has ensured the sustainable grazing by both cattle and sheep of these important fields which also contain historic features.
- Down Your Wold Community Group Projects – a series of events, surveys and talks undertaken, many by volunteers, across a range of the community groups supported by the Down Your Wold community heritage project.
- 6 Acre Woodland – the overgrown outdoor are at Lady Jane Franklin School at Spilsby has had a total overhaul, staff and students creating a grassed area of native wild grass and flowers, a sensory garden and pond that has helped create a vital teaching resource for the school.
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