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View archived newsCambridge Water supports Green Minds with £400 PEBBLE grant

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A therapeutic gardening project has been awarded £400 from Cambridge Water to help increase biodiversity at its Landbeach site.

Green Minds is a small charity set up to help people who have been referred by their doctor or a health care professional benefit from the therapeutic effects of gardening.

Steve Anderson set up Green Minds when he retired as a community mental health nurse two years ago.

He said:  “Green Minds exists to help people realise the therapeutic benefits of gardening. It’s widely recognised that getting involved with outdoor activities like growing fruit, vegetables and flowers and creating new wildlife areas can help aid recovery, increase self-confidence and build new social networks.

“Thanks to support from organisations like Cambridge Water we are not only helping the environment but also providing support for people in their local communities.

“The money is being used to help create a new wildlife pond, which will encourage wildlife to the garden. We have also been able to buy some saplings and some seeds which we will be planting over the summer months.”

The £400 is part of a £19,000 fund donated by the water company to provide support to organisations keen to encourage and enhance biodiversity within the Cambridge Water area of supply.

During its first funding round Projects that Explore Biodiversity Benefits in the Local Environment – or PEBBLE for short – received applications from a variety of organisations – demonstrating a strong desire to help protect and enhance the local environment for the benefit of wildlife.

Dan Clark, Water Resources and Environment Manager for Cambridge Water, said: “We were overwhelmed at the amazing response from local projects which the PEBBLE Fund generated.

“At Cambridge Water we recognise the importance of the local environment, and the part we play in the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity.

“Increasing the variety of natural living things and the diversity of the habitats where they live not only benefits wildlife, it can also enhance local communities and our open spaces.”

A second funding round has opened as of 1 May. Three levels of funding ranging from £500 to £10,000, is available to organisations. Projects can include anything that is designed to improve, restore or create new habitats and must be of benefit to the environment and/or the local community.

For example:

  • Creating a pond to provide a home for plants and animals
  • Planting a garden with species that provide habitats for wildlife such as birds or butterflies
  • Transforming an area of neglected, derelict or overgrown space with the addition of new plant species
  • Improving the habitat of local rivers and streams through improvements to the channel, banks and flow

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