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Will your community ‘Grow Wild’ in 2018?

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Will your community ‘Grow Wild’ in 2018? thumbnailWalk on the Wildside, a 2016 project from the Steeple Community Association in Antrim. GA491701S

LOCAL community groups are being asked to come up with amazing ideas that celebrate local wildlife and bring people together.
Projects that get local people involved and highlight the importance of UK native wild flowers, plants or fungi are eligible for £2,000 to £4,000 of funding from Grow Wild, the UK-wide native plants and fungi programme.
Funding applications for the 2018 community projects are now open - all local people and organisations have to do to get started is visit the Grow Wild website.
Since 2014, Grow Wild has funded hundreds of projects throughout the UK - including dozens across Northern Ireland, such as Walk on the Wildside, a 2016 project from the Steeple Community Association in Antrim, which used wildflowers to brighten up unused land in the Steeple estate.
Or 2014's Muckamore Garden, by the Muckamore Parish Development Association, which set up two wildflower areas at Ballycraigy Primary School in Antrim to improve the surrounding area.
To be in the running for funding in 2018, organisations should have a new or creative idea that could transform a space in their local community or help people's quality of life using wild flowers, plants or fungi - and also highlights nature's importance for the environment and for people.
Stéphanie Baine, Northern Ireland Engagement Manager for Grow Wild, said: "We have supported amazing community projects all over Northern Ireland in the past few years.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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