Applications for grants for community greening projects across the city are now open, and thanks to the city’s Labour party, more cash is available and the application process has been simplified.
The Greening the City Fund aims to increase the provision of benches, lighting and tree planting in the city, including greening streets and other types of green infrastructure. In addition to individuals, applications can also be made by charities, community groups or schools. It is hoped that planting across the city will begin this winter.
Earlier this year, Labour persuaded the council to spend an extra £50,000 on the scheme, taking the total available to £100,000. Now Labour has ensured that the council makes it easier for residents to apply for the grants of up to £5,000 by making it more straightforward to apply and widening the criteria.
Labour councillor Charlotte Gerada said: “I’ve been influencing the criteria and application form to be as simple as possible for residents and community groups to apply, so neighbours could apply to plant flowers in tree pits down their road, as well as applying for larger planters or parklets.”
“Portsmouth Labour councillors hope that the council increases the amount put into the fund to encourage as many members of our community as possible to apply. We will always champion street-level greening with neighbours coming together – after all, this helps biodiversity, helps green built up urban areas and makes our streets more beautiful.”
To apply for the Greening the City grant go to: https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/services/environmental-health/climate-action/city-greening-fund/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=GovDelivery
Tree planting to increase canopy cover across the city
Planting for nature and biodiversity gain
Environmentally focused to create a lasting community impact
Engaging the community (with focus around children and young people) in greening projects and connecting with nature