Grants are awarded under the Landfill Communities Fund, through regional panels of local authority and environmental interest groups.
The Veolia Environmental Trust
The Veolia Environmental Trust was established in 1997, and since then has awarded almost £50 million to community projects that enhance the sustainability of local regions. In 2012, the Trust awarded almost £4 million in grants to help fund 169 projects in the UK.
2012 proved to be a busy year for the Veolia Environmental Trust, including the following highlight:
Worden Walled Garden in Worden Park, Leyland, is to be brought back to life as a gardening oasis for the whole community to use and enjoy thanks to a £100,000 Trust grant. The restoration of the garden, which dates back to the 18th Century, will result in a living museum, working kitchen garden and areas where people can relax, picnic and learn about the history of the site.
Opportunities for volunteering, learning and development will be made available to all ages. Some of the restoration will be undertaken through young people's charities, such as The Prince’s Trust and Preston Vocational Centre, providing skills and qualification opportunities for disadvantaged and unemployed local young people.
Please see http://www.veoliatrust.org/ for more projects.
The Veolia North Thames Trusts
In addition to the Veolia Environmental Trust, we also support the Veolia North Thames Trust. Formerly known as the Veolia Essex Trusts, this organisation was formed in April 2013 when the Veolia Havering Riverside Trust, Veolia Pitsea Marshes Trust and the Veolia Mardyke Trust were combined.
Recent highlights include:
Lincewood School in Langdon Hills Basildon, had a large playing field that suffered from poor drainage and was prone to flooding. This meant that the pitch was unavailable for use during bad weather. To combat this, a £40,000 grant helped provide a new all weather sports pitch that would keep the pitch open come rain or shine. The new pitch was unveiled by Olympian gymnast Max Whitlock and Trustee Cllr Mo Larkin, Mayor of Basildon.
Bedfords Park Improvements
Havering’s historic Bedfords Park – a Green Flag Award site – has received £65,500 from the Trust for a range of projects to improve access and interpretation - enhancing visitors’ enjoyment and increasing usage by local schools and colleges.
For more information about The Veolia North Thames Trust visit http://www.vntt.co.uk/