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Community Environment Fund

The Year of the Environment in 2019 was a success for the Liverpool City Region with the Metro Mayor pledging £500,000 for community environment projects.

Community Environment Fund

The Year of the Environment in 2019 was a success for the Liverpool City Region, with the Metro Mayor pledging £500k for community environment projects to continue the momentum. The importance of this fund has been emphasised during the COVID pandemic; with many people appreciating natural spaces, starting projects to green where they live and renewing their sense of community.

We know that the most vulnerable in our society have been most negatively affected by the COVID pandemic. They are also the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate and ecological breakdown and are often those who are least likely to have contributed to the human causes of the emergency. Too many do not have access to green space, cheap healthy food and live in areas with air quality problems.

Last year, the Metro Mayor called for the UK’s COVID recovery to Build Back Better, to reshape our economy and society in a way that is greener, fairer and more inclusive. We don’t want to return to the old business as usual. We want to keep the positive changes that the COVID crisis forced like cleaner air and increased walking and cycling. We want a green recovery that tackles the climate crisis, helping us to achieve our target of net carbon neutrality by 2040.

As a result, the Community Environment Fund (the fund) was launched in Autumn 2020 to:

  • aid a green recovery by assisting organisations to expand their good work,
  • support communities to engage in a range of environmental activities,
  • encourage long-term behaviour change, and
  • improve the environment in the Liverpool City Region.

This fund will also assist the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to enact its plans to become net zero by 2040, improve green and blue space, reduce air pollution and improve the health and wellbeing of the people in the Liverpool City Region.

The Metro Mayor and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority are pleased to announce the following projects will be funded through its Community Environment Fund:

Successful Projects

Applicant Name Project Title and Description
Place Education CIC TA PLACED PLACED Environmental Academy – Facilitation of youth-led environment & climate change workshops, followed by public engagement activities.
Sefton Council Clean Air Crew – Remotely Engaging on Air Quality – Remotely accessible educational tool focused on air quality and encouraging behaviour change, developed by teachers in line with the National Curriculum, aimed at children & families.
South Sefton Development Trust Ltd T/A Regenerus and National Wildflower Centre at the Eden Project Head North for Beauty, Pollinators & Carbon Capture – Implementation & maintenance of 10 evidence-based wild flowering meadows based in the most deprived communities, optimising carbon capture.

Compost Works (UK) Ltd Compost Is the Future – Delivery of educational, practical food waste workshops through engagement with environmental organisations, resident groups and the public.
Liverpool John Moores University Students’ Union (JMSU) Enhancing the Climate and Environmental Literacy of young people across Liverpool City Region – Bespoke online climate literacy course for schools across the LCR, supplemented by practical teaching from Liverpool John Moores University Students, with “living classrooms”, delivered either in person or virtually.
Energy Projects Plus and Faiths4Change Carbon Literate Communities – To provide carbon literacy training to local community groups, supporting them to turn their commitments into local climate action.
School Improvement Liverpool Limited LIVERPOOL: THINK, COOK, SAVE! – Primary school resource pack on food waste, awareness raising & cooking workshops.
School Improvement Liverpool Limited Creating Liverpool Carbon Literate Learners – Carbon literacy focused resource pack, aimed at all Liverpool secondary, special and 20% primary schools, resulting in action & behaviour change through whole school pledges.
Brighter Living Partnership and Green Sefton High Park Green Spaces Project – Facilitation of sustainable projects taking place on 3 underutilised green spaces, allowing local people to promote & develop their area.
Changing Communities CIC ReStore St Helens – Furniture upcycling project in a deprived area, reducing items ending up in landfill and supporting individuals.
South Sefton Development Trust, Regenerus A community growing circle – Creation of sustainable street gardens supported by food growing training sessions.
Fazakerley Community Federation Karonga Community Growing Project – Working in conjunction with Cobalt Housing, using their land to create community allotments for food growing & education, with support from Myerscough College.
Holy Apostles and Martyrs’ Parish Church The Village Community Garden – Developing an area of the church garden for contemplation and food production, whilst educating members of the community who would benefit from access to green spaces.
Wirral Environmental Network Community Green Hub – Rejuvenation of neglected green space currently used for fly-tipping, creating a tree nursery, an orchard, a community allotment, a pollinator area & outdoor craft-upcycling space, supported by workshops.
Canal & River Trust Leeds & Liverpool Canal: Green and Blue Corridor – Improvement of green and blue corridor in Kirkdale, in partnership with the community, through tree and hedge planting, enhanced signage, clean-up activities, wildlife surveys, alongside increased community involvement and ownership.
Farm Urban and Make CIC Make… a Community Edible Wall – Creating a hydroponic Edible Wall with Magenta Housing residents, bringing accessible indoor food growing to life at Make Hamilton, supplemented by workshops.
Tmesis Theatre Company Seeds of Change – Creation of a piece of artwork using recycled waste designed by award winning artist Faith Bebington, in collaboration with community groups, along with information boards encouraging environmental care.

Rice Land Community Association Limited INvolved OUTdoors – Creation of managed outdoor space for environmental education and learning for people of all ages, with activities aligned to the farming calendar.
Woodchurch High School The Good Life Happy Earth Project – Delivering workshops on the school farm aimed at educating people on how to reduce their carbon footprint.
Mencap Liverpool CoffeeCycle Community Garden – Creation of accessible green space with on-site coffee shop & facilities (including bike shelter), serving eco-friendly products, with credits given to those who walk, cycle or litter pick.

Blue River Support Services Ltd Cycle of life – Cycling training & equipment provision for all ages to encourage behaviour change through close collaboration with public, private and third sector organisations to ensure a diverse range of participants.
Acronym Community Empowerment and Merseyside Bees & Honeycomb S.O.B. Save our Bees – Creation of local bee garden to help educate local community around the vital role of bees in ecology, address the current decline of the bee population and link into wider environmental issues.
Bridge2 (Liverpool) CIC Toxteth International Community Eco-Garden – Cultivation of international community eco-garden which can be both a practical place to grow food & plants, and also capture something from the different cultures of the asylum seekers who come to use it.
The Joseph Lappin Partnership Ltd The Lappin Centre Food Growing Project – Creation of food growing on currently disused piece of land which would complement existing food pantry/cafe.
Wirral Barn Owl Trust Barn Owl Nest Box & Live Streaming Project – Continuation of live stream cameras in existing barn & replacement barn owl boxes as current ones have fallen into disrepair.
Friends of Warwick Park Butterfly Sensory Garden & Escape – Creation of Butterfly sensory garden to provide a place of tranquillity and contemplation for the local community.
Marine in the Community Marine in the Community, Community Garden – Creation of community garden providing gardening sessions aimed at elderly people with physical and mental health issues.
Dobson Court Tenants Association Dobson Court Grow it, Cook it, & Eat It – Creation of community fruit & vegetable garden alongside a healthy eating club, in partnership with Good Gym, and supported by regular gardening and healthy cookery sessions.
Old Swan in Bloom Bring flowers and pollinators to Old Swan Library – Rejuvenation of neglected land into a community garden space.
Waterloo Community Association and Seaforth Village Friends Seaforth Village Green – Transformation of grass verge into village green with bench and planting of wildlife friendly flowers & vegetation, allowing the local community to appreciate green space.
Liverpool John Moores’ University Students’ Union Student Growing Project – Development of three sites of varying sizes across the city for students and surrounding residents to learn to grow their own vegetables, fruits and flowers, learn about biodiversity, composting and water management.
La Salle Hotel School Liverpool C.I.C. La Salle Kitchen Garden Project – Creation of self-financing hospitality school with live restaurant, kitchen garden and conference/training rooms, with training opportunities & authentic industry experience, accessible to students and wider community.
St John Plessington Catholic College, part of the Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust (HFCMT) Ban the Bottle- Recycling single use plastics at St John Plessington – Promote the use of reusable water bottles in school & provide recycling bins for students to recycle single use plastics and reduce waste.
Chesterfield High School Chesterfield High School Eco Garden – Creation of a space for pupils to grow crops in vegetable beds, as well as installation of small pond & greenhouse.
Netherton Park Community Association Our Living Fence – Installation of native hedging along perimeter fence of existing woodland, enhancing an existing community green asset.
Alley Angels Whitefield Road Park – Volunteers to carry out cleaning/maintenance of area & installing new park bin, as well as engaging with local park users on how to reduce environmental crime.
The Littlewoods of Stockbridge Association & Junior Rangers Nine Trees Pond – Clear pond area of bramble & invasive plants, and subsequently plant wildflower seeds and marginal plants around the perimeter to encourage biodiversity.
Parish of St Paul and St Luke Tranmere Welcome to St Pauls – Creation of a community wildlife garden, with garden furniture built from reclaimed wood, and a school mural educating people about local environmental issues.
The Corportation of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool and Scouse Flowerhouse Wilding Liverpool Cathedral (WLC) – Creation of new wildflower meadow, increasing insect pollinators, support bird populations, and reducing carbon footprint.
Mellow Yellow The Tales that Trees Tell – Hosting a storytelling training day by an eco-activist teller that focuses on the natural world, inspire participants to become more earth-friendly.
The Old Schoolhouse Community Project The Artist Garden – Transformation of an area into a ‘Monet Garden’, taking inspiration from painters and sculptors who have famously used nature as a theme in their work, installing a pond to introduce water, new habitats, and encourage increased biodiversity.
The Wildlife Trusts for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Nurtured for nature – Creation of an accessible sensory garden in a raised bed, planted with wildlife friendly species to foster a positive connection to nature, encourage wildlife and improve wellbeing at two schools.
Tam O’Shanter Urban Cottage Farm Trust The Old Pig Field – Transformation of disused muddy pig field into a publicly accessible green space.
Old Swan in Bloom Varied height planting beds Old Swan in Bloom Library Garden – Creation of wheelchair accessible, and those with mobility problems, gardening facilities.
Alley Angels Gloucester Road North – Volunteers to carry out cleaning/maintenance of area & installing new park bin, as well as engaging with local park users on how to reduce environmental crime.
Trolley Angels Newquay Close Alley Way – Volunteers to carry out cleaning/maintenance of area & installing new park bin, as well as engaging with local park users on how to reduce environmental crime, with potential to expand into neighbouring alley way if capacity allows.
Rotary Club of Mid Wirral, Heswall and West Wirral Wildflowers on the Puddydale – Creation of summer wildflower area in an urban setting, increasing biodiversity and engaging the community.
Friends of Princes Park (FOPP) Marker posts installed beside specimen trees linking to the FOPP website – an educational resource –Installation of marker posts linked to website/map.
Childwall Church of England Primary School, PTFA Childwall C of E Primary School ‘Green Screen Pollution Barrier’ – Creation of ‘Green barrier’ made from ivy to improve air quality and increase biodiversity.
Independence Initiative Indy Gardeners – Facilitate engagement and participation in environmental projects amongst community members struggling with substance misuse, homelessness and linked issues.
Creative Spaces Company (Liverpool) CIC Good Times at Thirlmere Park – Creation of 100 activity packs for children to use, including wildflower seeds, nature crafts, fact sheets and a quiz aimed at teaching children about our environment, insects, habitats and our eco system.
St. Benedict’s Catholic Primary School Our Shared Home – Improvement of biodiversity within the school grounds, with children, staff & volunteers creating a range of new habitats.
Woodchurch High School Young Farmers Experience – Opening up the Woodchurch High School Farm to other schools on the Wirral, and providing educational & interactive workshops.
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Sacred Heart Environmental Wellbeing Outdoor Education Project – Planting a wildflower conservation area to be used as an educational tool, not only for the pupils but for the wider community as well.
B 4 Biodiversity CIC and Friends of Sefton Park Sefton Park Nature Project – Provision of activity packs to park users to compliment and encourage walking and exploring the different habitats.
The Meeting Place Community Allotments Project (Wallasey & Tranmere) – Provide training and work opportunities for men and women who are recovering from addictions or those who simply have nothing to do during their days using current allotments.
Parochial Church Council of St. Andrew’s Grange Greening Grange – Creating a Wildlife Haven – Utilise a neglected open space in the Church Grounds to act as a wildlife and wildflower demonstration site for the local community.
Parish Church of St Gabriel, Huyton St Gab’s Community Garden – Rejuvenation of a neglected piece of land, through introducing food growing, a wildflower area & bird/bat boxes, for the community to use as a safe space to socialise & connect with nature.

All projects will start by 20th March 2021 and will be completed by the end of September 2021.

Supporting Documents

CEF Application Guidance
(PDF Document)

CEF Application Guidance – Stream 3
(PDF Document)

CEF Fair Processing Notice
(PDF Document)

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