Bloom group set to blossom from grant

A SCARBOROUGH in bloom group will benefit from a cash injection as part of the latest batch of green grants from Northern Gas Networks.

Osgodby In Bloom is set to blossom after being awarded a £300 grant which will help transform a plot of land at the heart of the village into a focal point – with a pond, bird tables and planting.

John O’Grady, the communications director with Northern Gas Networks, said: “We set up the Northern Green Networks’ grant scheme as a way of supporting those groups that are dedicated to improving their local communities, the ones that make things happen.

“It’s our way of recognising the effort and dedication that they make and we hope it will enable them to go that extra mile.

“The standards of entry are consistently high and choosing the winners has been very tough, so they should be very proud.”

The scheme is now in its fourth year and the grant was part of £60,000 which was given to grass-roots environmental projects across the region.

There were 90 entrants and a total of 17 charities and community groups across the north benefited from the grants.

A total of six projects across North Yorkshire were successful, and shared more than £20,000 between them, including:

l In Saltburn, Friends of the Valley have been awarded £4,700 to create a meadow, butterfly and bee garden

l The Friends of Guisborough Forest and Walkway were given £5,000 to improve existing boardwalks used widely by pond-dipping children to learn more about their environment

l Funding of £4,906 went to Thirsk Clock to help create allotments for young people in the grounds of a new centre

l Ripon Walled Garden, which helps those with learning difficulties and mental health problems to become more involved, got £5,000 to help build a visitor centre

l Nawton Parish Council was awarded £250 which will be used to plant blubs on grass verges next to the A170.