More government funding for Blackdown Hills

PUBLISHED: 11:15 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 15 June 2010

Projects in the Blackdown Hills will continue to be supported under the government s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), it has been announced.

Projects in the Blackdown Hills will continue to be supported under the government's Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), it has been announced.

The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been awarded £61,000 this year for projects which bring social, environmental or economic benefits to the area. Natural England, the government agency with responsibility for the countryside, recently confirmed the funding for the fourth year running.

Examples of projects which received funding last year include the refurbishment of Dalwood Community Shop. A grant meant the shop could buy new freezers and a till, and could stock more local produce. Villagers also bought cloth to make smart shoulder bags - as a result Dalwood declared itself plastic bag free in June.

Nickie Moore, project officer at the AONB said: "Time and again, SDF funding has shown that even a small grant can give a project the boost it needs to get off the ground. I'm delighted that we have secured this funding again for the coming year, and I'd encourage anyone with an idea to get in touch and have a chat about how we can help".


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