GARDENS in Castle Bromwich have been given a cash boost to help fund environmentally friendly projects.
Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust is set to be handed £20,000 from Severn Trent from its Community Fund to install a rainwater harvesting system and gravity-fed wildlife pool and habitat.
Following the water company’s appointment as official Nature and Carbon Neutral Partner for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, groups and organisations from across Severn Trent’s region were invited to submit projects with a nature or environmental theme.
Customers then voted for their favourite project in each funding category with over 9,000 people casting their vote.
In total, 33 organisations took their places on the starting blocks, with 20 receiving the full funding allocation at each tier and 13 finishing as runners-up, receiving £1,000 towards their projects.
Neil Morrison, from Severn Trent, said: “We share the Commonwealth Games’ vision for positive, sustainable improvements to our environment and the natural world around us.
“This is a fundamental part of our core business, as demonstrated through our commitment to plant 2022 hectares of forests to help offset the carbon produced by the Games, alongside broader projects including the Get River Positive programme to protect and enhance our waterways, and the £566 million Green Recovery Programme.
“We want to encourage the next generation of water, waste and environmental champions and the range of projects submitted for this fund have been absolutely fantastic, demonstrating a really broad variety of environmental and nature-themed schemes from organisations that can make a real difference in their communities.”