News and Projects that the Trust Has Funded
Shobdon, Pembridge & Kingsland Benefit From Winter Funding
The communities of Shobdon, Pembridge and Kingsland are benefiting from another round of funding provided by the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. With projects ranging from protecting local wildlife to buying new sports kit, these contributions will not only directly benefit the community but also enhance the environment.
Each of the successful applications met at least one of the Trust’s four objectives: road safety, healthy recreation for young people, environmental conservation and encouraging biodiversity.
For this round of grants, over £27,000 was made available to the residents of the three Parishes and their respective schools.
As one of the few village greens in the country to have otters passing through it, and with at least nine other species deemed important to a county-wide biodiversity action plan, Pembridge village green has been given £12,000 to help develop access to the site as well as maintaining it as a conservation area.
Local wildlife has received another boost as an exciting new natural discovery area will be developed at Kingsland CE Primary School. This grant will see a small copse area transformed with meandering paths, wood chimes and a sensory garden.
Nature is a recurring theme over at Wigmore High School where £3,000 has been granted to enhance woodland and a stream in the school grounds which will encourage greater biodiversity and make an excellent educational resource. The school will also be able to purchase new rugby equipment and employ a qualified hockey coach thanks to a separate grant of over £2,000 to develop their extra-curricular hockey and rugby programmes.
Lady Hawkins’ school will be able to improve young people’s fitness thanks to a grant which will go towards purchasing equipment for students to monitor their own fitness levels in the hope that a greater understanding of health and fitness will encourage more exercise.
Mid-teens at Luctonians Youth Sport Club will no longer feel left out after receiving money to buy new rugby kits. The other age groups at the Club have already secured funding from other sponsors, and this money will hopefully help to maintain interest amongst an age group who often drop out of playing sport.
John Garbutt, a Director of Kingspan Insulation and one of the trustees said “We are delighted that so many people will benefit from this payout, and hope that residents of all three Parishes can see that there is real money to be had to help the local community. We look forward to seeing what exciting new projects we can fund with the next lot of applications.”
“It is important however for projects to directly meet at least one of the four objectives. Applications must contain clear information about timescale and costs, including firm quotes where possible, otherwise the funding cannot be granted.”