£343,000 Lottery cash to ‘paint towns green’

Wednesday 29th January 2014

Kent Wildlife Trust has secured £343,259 for its ‘Painting the Town Green’ project thanks to a successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.

The aim of the project is to reconnect deprived urban communities with nature and each other, and deliver benefits to people by empowering them to ‘re-green’ their communities, through small scale gardening right up to the creation and improvement of larger outdoor community spaces.

This three-year project, working in the Medway Towns, Swale and Thanet, will centre around ‘Community Engagement Trainees’ (CETs) - one for each area for each year of the project - which will be recruited locally.

These individuals will be supported by an Urban Community Engagement Officer, and a Green Infrastructure Officer, plus community partners and the wider Kent Wildlife Trust team. Critically, the project will rely upon the involvement of local ‘Green Ambassador’ volunteers – people who really want to make a difference to their community.

Stevie Rice, Head of People Engagement for Kent Wildlife Trust, said: “We are delighted to receive this much needed funding, which will go some way to help these three target areas become greener for both the good of their residents and the wildlife.

“The project will also aim to bring people together, engender civic pride and promote stewardship of the local environment.”

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