FTPE funds conservation projects around railway
A railway operator is donating £30,000 for tree and woodland conservation projects in the north of England and Scotland.
First Trans-Pennine Express (FTPE) has announced a new partnership with the Forestry Commission to fund the work.
Grants worth up to £2,000 will be offered to community groups, charities, schools and individuals who wish to run environmental projects. Their bids will be judged on their involvement with and impact on the local community, overall positive environmental impact and proximity to FTPE stations.
The funding forms part of a six-year, £125,000 commitment to provide and protect green areas on and around FTPE routes.
Simon Barber, environmental manager for FTPE, said: “The Green Grants Scheme has helped many worthwhile schemes and it is great to have the opportunity to do this again and enable the communities in and around Manchester and the North West to benefit.
“We are also looking forward to working with the Forestry Commission again and I hope that it will inspire people to make a positive improvement to their local environment.”
James Anderson-Bickley from the Forestry Commission said the scheme would help to make “a real difference to local communities and the environment”.
He added: “Since this grant scheme began we have been able to support a wide range of grassroots projects across the North of England.”
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