Stephen Williams MP calls in to "Project Green Grow" at St Werburghs Community Centre
Friday 20 April 2012
Friday 20th April 2012: Stephen Williams MP today visited the community of St.Werburgh’s to celebrate a £21,180 funding boost from SITA Trust for "Project Green Grow".
The renovation and extension of a former Victorian school into St.Werburgh’s Community Centre was completed in June 2010 and now St. Werburgh's Community Association wishes to develop the space surrounding the centre to create community gardens and as a city haven for butterflies, bees and birds.
With over £21,000 from SITA Trust, a number of improvements will be made to this outside space, including new surfacing and repairs to the boundary wall and fencing. The area also includes a war memorial with 75 names of past pupils which has just been repaired.
The building contains a mixture of voluntary organisations and community use space and it is hoped that both users of the community centre and the general community of St. Werburgh’s will enjoy the new green space.
Linda Bell Centre Director at St. Werburgh’s Community Association 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 for 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”
Stephen Williams MP, visiting the centre to see how work is 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. ”
Jools Granville of SITA Trust added: “SITA Trust was 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 over £1.3m. 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.”
SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for available for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.