Grimple's Green Grants 2011 Awards

The successful applicants from our 2011 Gimple's Green Grants scheme were:

Ford Mill Wood

This project, from Scottish Native Woods, aims to improve the habitat of a small wood through which the Tyne-Esk bridleway runs, connecting it to Vogrie Country Park. At present, the wood is mainly mixed plantation and does little to support wildlife. The project aims to thin out Sitka Spruce in a 1 hectare area to allow more light to reach the forest floor and encourage regeneration of native woodland along 250m of river corridor to encourage regeneration and plant 0.25 hectare of new native woodland alongside the pathway to improve the wildlife corridor.

Looking oot the Lookooterie

This is a mini project from the Young Volunteers Club at the Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve. The project will see them taking responsibility for creating a ‘lookooterie’, which is a structure for viewing all types of wildlife, similar to a traditional bird hide. The creation of the ‘lookooterie’ will enhance the facilities on the Lochwinnoch reserve providing an imaginative and creative alternative to the traditional bird hide.

Moray Firth Coastal Classroom

Coastal Classroom is a project from Scottish environmental education charity ‘Wild Things!’. It will enable primary school children in coastal communities to understand, enjoy and care for the coastline on their doorstep. Children will take part in six half-day visits over six weeks in which they will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of their local coastal habitats and species and try out traditional maritime crafts. Activities will include monitoring rare species such as the Moray Firth dolphins, removing invasive species, planting native trees and developing interpretation materials for the site.

Fish in the Classroom

Fish in the Classroom is a ground-breaking initiative developed by Thames21 that puts small self-contained fish hatcheries into schools. Sticklebacks are used for this project as they are relatively easy to care for and exhibit interesting breeding behaviour. They are sourced from local rivers with permission from the Environment Agency. Students observe the behaviour of the fish and, with good care, will observe the development of the fish eggs before releasing the sticklebacks into their local waterway. 150 students from primary and secondary schools will be directly involved in the Fish in Classroom project.

10th Anniversary Bat and Bird Boxes & Nature Trail Hedging

Friends of Kennington Park intend to install new bird and bat boxes to mark the 10th anniversary of their forming and to meet key recommendations in the Kennington Park Management Plan for biodiversity enhancements. The project aims to install 10 bat and 10 bird boxes, make improvements to the children’s nature trail and also plant native hedging to define existing routes, enhancing the ecological and educational value of the trail.

Community Taxi run on chip fat

This one off project within the larger organisation of Sustainable Cupar, aims to collect used cooking oils from local chip shops and carry out restaurants and convert it to diesel which will then be used to run a community based taxi resource. The wider environment will benefit from less reliance on fossil fuels and less carbon production. The community will benefit from the use of the taxi and education around alternatives to traditional fuels.

The Mile of Potatoes

The Mile of Potatoes project aims to encourage the local community to become more involved in growing their own food and is based on the activities of the Sussex Land Army during the 2nd World War. A map of Sussex shows where all the different food was grown in the county during the war and in Brighton, where this project is based, they grew a Mile of Potatoes. The project aims to replicate this and invite the Brighton & Hove Community to plant their own potatoes and for each potato planted, the project organisers will plant an additional one foot of potatoes with the aim of achieving a mile of potatoes. The project has the potential to include other vegetables in the future and is an excellent vehicle for building communites & increasing local food production.

CAfS HEAT Parties

Cumbria Action for Sustainability successfully applied for a Green Grant to fund the HEAT party project. A HEAT party will involve trained Home Energy Action Team volunteers attending a 'party' at a local residents’ home. The volunteers will conduct an interactive energy audit of the home, using a thermal imaging camera, demonstrating areas of heat loss and providing information on ways to reduce it. The funding will go towards piloting the project in one local community, reaching 20 households and 100 people.

Collection Confessional: Sins of Recycling

This project is a light-hearted take on the traditional practice of Confession using street theatre techniques. Research indicates that many people who agree with recycling in principal find that their actual level of commitment falls short of their intentions. The confessional booth will visit high streets and invite shoppers to ‘take confession’ to be absolved of all recycling sins through the power of education. The group will also hand out leaflets and other printed information on various green schemes in the community.

Northfield's Community Orchards

Northfield Ecocentre is an independent charity which aims to plant 1400 trees in Northfield over the next two years. This will include over 400 fruit trees which will be used to create community orchards throughout the Northfield area. The tree planting will provide benefit for the whole community, producing fruit and creating habitat. The community will benefit from the new resource allowing them to harvest and sell the fruit.

The Woodland Initiative Group (TWIG)

This project is part of the 'Woodland Initiative', training and activities in Fox and Crenver Grove, promoting green, healthy activities by running a woodland event to encourage volunteers, providing a range of training courses and run a climate change awareness art project. Our funding will help to erect a greenwood shelter, a roof with no walls, for all woodland users in this rainy part of the UK.

MACC (Me and Climate Change)

By Design successfully requested funding for the MACC project. This fun, hands-on, programme helps pupils understand more about climate change and the issues surrounding it in an exciting interactive mixture of theory and hands-on experiments looking at climate change, energy, sustainability and the three R’s (Reducing, Reusing and Recycling).

Wood You Go Into our Woods Today?

The "Wood you go into our woods today?" project comes from the Prospects Trust. They aim to create a number of visual interpretation boards in an easy read format to help co-workers, visitors and school groups learn more about the natural habitat of Snakehall Farm, an 18 acre organic farm site. They aim to create pathways through the coppice area, involving a garden team and farm team, add nesting/bug boxes and create eco-therapy seating areas in the wood and newly established orchard.

The Great Crane Project

The Great Crane Project aims to re-establish a population of these magnificent birds in the Somerset Levels and enrich the landscape in an inspirational way. Somerset Art Works will work with the project team to deliver creative ways of engaging young people from an early stage in the re-introduction process. Working together with older volunteers in the local community and as part of the school curriculum, young people will have the opportunity to become project champions, thereby encouraging and sharing environmental responsibility.

Friends of Par Beach Activity Programme

Friends of Par Beach are a group of people who are interested in the conservation of Par Beach and the adjoining nature reserve, and their use for community activities. They organise various eco tasks such as litter clearances and habitat management work. Friends of Par Beach aim to expand on their existing range of tools and safety equipment to be able to offer all volunteers a good quality range of equipment to use. The funding will also help pay for a “Friends noticeboard” to be installed at the entrance to the beach car park and other activities planned include weaving living willow to build a living screen in the new bird watching area, coppicing willow and alder from around the brackish water pond, clearing sea buckthorn from the dunes and management of the gorse scrub.

Making space for bats

Bradshaw Bats is a project funded by Biffaward to survey the Bradshaw Valley for Soprano pipistrelle bats. This funding will allow local residents to get involved in improving conditions for bats and learning about the bats on their doorstep. The project will run inclusive workshops on making bat boxes which will then be mounted along the valley and be monitored for use by bats, giving residents the opportunity to provide the bats with roosting facilities. Other activities include planting bat friendly wildflowers which will attract the invertebrates that the bats like to feed on as well as running a series of bat walks to increase awareness of bats along the valley.

Carrant Brook Catchment Restoration

In September 2011 a partnership of three organisations – Kemerton Conservation Trust, the Environment Agency and the Worcestershire Biological Records Centre was set up to deliver the Carrant Brook Catchment Restoration scheme. This project is part of a larger scheme to restore wildlife habitats within the catchment of the Carrant Brook, which flows along the Worcestershire-Gloucestershire border and joins the River Avon at Tewkesbury.

The Garden of Dreams

This project is part of a joined-up approach to environmental and sustainable education. The aim is to give children and families a quiet place to reflect, tell stories, engage in music and immerse themselves in the environment. This will be done by creating a barefoot sensory walk, music garden, shade/paved area, water features, story telling chair and an area to store outdoor cushions, books and dressing up clothes.