The Sustainable Development Fund is now into its twelvth year. Since 2005, we have supported over 160 projects and awarded over £500,000 in funding. Many of the projects have motivated people to try something new and given them different opportunities. From willow weaving at Lucker to the ever-popular Forest School at Howick, there has been a wealth of projects that have fired imaginations and helped plant the seed of sustainability.
2017/18 Sustainable Development Fund Projects
Applicant: Howick Trustees Ltd
Amount awarded: £1,000
The Howick Arboretum, which is a component of Howick Hall Gardens, is one of the largest in the north of England and received supportive references from Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Royal Botanic Gardens at Edinburgh when it was launched in 2006. Ninety percent of the trees planted have scientifc field data collection. The project will focus on updating this data. It will be availabe to the public from a link on the Howick Gardens website and will be of particular use to other botanic organisations.
Skiff Building Project
Applicant: The Bamburgh and Beadnell Community Rowing Club
Amount awarded: £500
Several Bamburgh and Beadnell residents have followed with interest the setting up and completion of Skiff building projects in the small coastal villages of Craster, Alnmouth and Amble. We now believe that a Bamburgh and Beadnell Skiff rowing club will become an asset to the local area and help promote health, wellbeing and good community values both during the build and afterwards to all age groups. With this in mind, a club has been established and a Committee formed of local people with skills in boat building, finance and community leadership. A constitution has been adopted and a bank account opened. We hope to be in a position to order materials and start the build process during the winter/spring months and anticipate the project will take about 6 months to complete.
We anticipate up to 20 volunteers will help build the Skiff which will take about 900 hours to complete. Once this aspect of the project is complete we hope to gain membership of at least 100 people (we will have family membership) who will be interested in rowing the Skiff.
The funds will be used to purchase materials for the build process and trailer.
Bellshill Farm Trail
Applicant: Renner Farming
Amount awarded: £2,320
The grant will fund a fenced farm trail with information boards about farming, environment and conservation. There will also be two covering picnic/viewing platforms.
Wilson's Tales Performances
Applicant: NTC Touring Theatre Company Ltd
Amount awarded: £1,400
NTC will work with The Wilson’s Tales Project to re-create and perform one/two of the tales in Berwick as part of the Berwick Literary Festival in October 2017. This performance will then be repeated in venues including Bamburgh, Alnmouth, Craster and Longhoughton in Spring 2018
Seahouses Feasibility Study
Applicant: North Sunderland and Seahouses Development Trust
Amount awarded: £5,000
A feasibility study to consider moving the Washing Line, a trading subsidiary of Seahouses Development Trust, to new, more sustainable, premises at Seahouses Sports Centre, to provide a new Laundrette and additional business accommodation and to respond to community needs by considering potential future development of the existing buildings and adjacent land, thereby enhancing the economic and community well-being of the area.
Projects from previous years can also be downloaded: