Grant to create wildlife haven for community
A GRANT of £21,180 will be used to create a garden and inner-city haven for butterflies, bees and birds at St Werburgh's Community Centre.
The money will pay for new surfacing, repairs to a boundary wall and fencing.
The area also includes a war memorial with 75 names of past pupils at the former Victorian school which will be repaired.
The renovation and extension of the former school was completed in June last year.
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Bristol West Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams, who visited the centre to see how work was progressing said: "It's fantastic to see community projects like this taking place and I congratulate St Werburgh's Community Association on accessing such a sizeable grant.
"I urge other funders to come forward to supply planting and seating at this superb facility. "
The grant was given by SITA Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund. The Government allows waste operators to donate 5.6 per cent of their landfill tax liability to environmental projects.
Linda Bell, director of the centre who has spearheaded the project, said: "We're delighted to have received one of the last grants SITA Trust made in Bristol which, alongside our own fundraising made this project possible.
"We are still looking for funding to provide seating, and green elements such as raised beds however this grant will make the outdoors more welcoming and provide a 'blank slate' for us to add these elements as we receive the funds"
Jools Granville, of SITA Trust, said: "We were able to provide grants to communities in Bristol from 2008 until late 2011. In that time we supported projects from tree planting in Barton Hill to community gardens in St Werburgh's with more than £1.3million.
"Our next major project to launch in Bristol is a new £300,000 exhibition at At Bristol called 'Our World' which is currently under construction."