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13th March 2017

Community schemes awarded Green Grants worth over £35k

NuGen has announced the winning schemes in its 2016/2017 Green Grants awards.

Now in its second year, Green Grants was set up to provide valuable support and funding to West Cumbrian community projects and deliver improvements to the environment and for people living close to the Moorside Project.

14 successful projects were chosen from 28 applicants in three categories - small grants up to £500, medium grants up to £1,000 and large grants worth up to £5,000. The winners were picked by an independent panel, made up of NuGen CEO Tom Samson, Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie, Ann Lackie from Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Elspeth Lees from the University of Cumbria.

Tom Samson has personally worked closely with several of the 2015 winning projects over the last year. “I really enjoy getting involved in Green Grants - being part of the judging panel is a tough job but we get to see first-hand how much passion these groups have and how committed they are to help improve the communities of West Cumbria.

“The selection process is getting harder because the calibre of applications has really gone up a notch, I think Green Grants has allowed the projects to get creative and aim high - the sky really is the limit for some of these ideas.”

Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, has also been involved in Green Grants since it was launched in 2015. He said: “Once again, I have been amazed by the quality of the Green Grants projects. It’s been great to see so many people working towards making our communities better and improving our wonderful West Cumbrian environment. I look forward to seeing all these exciting projects come to fruition.”

One of this year’s Green Grants has been dedicated to a much loved member of the team who we sadly lost in 2016. Photographer Brian Sherwen was a familiar face at all the Green Grants events and played a vital role in helping create a visual record of the projects. NuGen has created a special award named in Brian’s honour that will help provide a lasting memory of Brian and show how much he meant to NuGen and to all the people of West Cumbria.

NuGen is delighted to give the inaugural Brian Sherwen Award to Arlecdon Primary School, to help them to turn an unused green space into a safe and stimulating learning environment for the school children.  This scheme will include the creation of a wildlife garden to encourage and increase biodiversity, create a space for growing fruit and vegetables and act as an inspirational area for the children’s work on the wild outdoors.



Grant Category

Thornhill Primary School

Provision of gardening and outdoor equipment to enable children to access the school’s new woodland area as part of the 2015 Green Grant Scheme.


Ravenglass Railway Museum

 Overhaul the accessible garden around Ravenglass old signal box (historic exhibit) to create a welcoming and relaxing space.


Workington Nature Partnership

Revitalise a sunken viewing platform to provide an attractive spot to watch wildlife.


Cleator Moor Town Council

Removing the leylandii and replant the boundary with English hedgerow at the High-Street Allotment site.


Gosforth Agricultural Show

Building 150 bird boxes at Gosforth Agricultural Show to highlight the rapid decline in bird populations.


St Bees Parish Council

Restoration of Priory Paddock’s pond area to its original condition.


Frizington Community Primary School

To purchase a wildlife camera and replace the schools old bug hunting kits, outdoor clothing and green timber to construct a mud kitchen.


Bootle in Bloom

To install self-watering planters in the centre of the village in partnership with Captain Shaw’s C of E Primary School.


St Gregory and St Patricks Catholic Infant School

To improve the outdoor learning area and create a wildlife sensory garden.


Mirehouse Residents Group

Remediate an area of waste ground near Valley School and enhance the area with tree planting


Moresby Primary School

To create an outdoor learning environment for the children, further developing the Green Grant 2015 project. 


The Phoneix Youth Project

To recreate and renovate the unused and unsafe space at the back of Frizington Youth Centre.


Arlecdon Primary School

To renovate the marshland behind the school, creating a safe green space.


Florence Arts Centre/ Stay West Group

To further develop the phase one Wildlife Garden project from Green Grants 2015, including transforming the wasteland at the rear of the centre.




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