Competition to encourage wildlife in Buckingham and Winslow area

Project launching soon will offer micro-grants to help communities put ideas into action.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 11:09 am
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 11:10 am
Have you got a project to benefit wildlife?

The Wild Aylesbury Vale Project will be a competition run by Buckinghamshire Council for residents and community groups to identify ways to encourage wildlife in their areas by focusing on food, water and shelter.

The project covers six Community Board areas - Buckingham & Villages, Winslow & Villages, Wing & Ivinghoe, Haddenham & Waddesdon, Aylesbury and Wendover.

Working in partnership with Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Chiltern Rangers and local mental health charity Lindengate, the project offers 10 micro-grants of up to £500 to help put ideas into action.

BBOWT is creating the entry form and there will be a landing page available shortly on the council’s website with more details about the competition. Lindengate is providing a menu of resources which those who are awarded grants can then choose how to spend.

Paul Irwin, chairman of the environmental sub-group that came up with the idea, said: “What a great way to get involved in wildlife conservation.

“We are looking for entries from residents, community groups, parish and town councils or schools. You may already have an idea or a potential project to help support wildlife conservation, so get your entries to us and you may be in with a chance of the cash to make it happen."

Cabinet member for Environment and Climate Change, Bill Chapple, said:. “We all know how important this agenda is, not only during the current pandemic restrictions, but also in the longer term. I look forward to seeing the entries come in and the innovative ideas for supporting our local wildlife."