Six projects receive funding in last round of Land of the Fanns Community Fund

Groups across the area awarded £26,000 to develop community projects

The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme has awarded £26,100 to six projects across the Scheme’s area in the last round of its Community Action Fund. From wildlife ponds to archaeology, geology to information boards, the projects funded all contribute to the Land of the Fanns’ aims to reconnect local people to the fascinating landscape of the Fanns.

Those receiving funding are: Weald Country Park Volunteer Group, Conservators of Shenfield Common, Essex Gardens Trust, Essex Rock and Mineral Society, Thurrock Museum and Friends of Bedford Park. Each project could apply for up to £5000 for their project.

The Weald Country Park Volunteer Group applied for funding torestore the main lake at Weald Country Park, by undertaking scrub clearance and opening up views in keeping with the spirit of original historic landscape which was once a deer park. In Brentwood, the Conservators of Shenfield Common similarly received monies toopen up the woodland area of Shenfield Common creating a safer and more accessible environment.

Essex Gardens Trust were successful in applying for funds for its Unforgettable Gardens project. This will record the wide range of historic designed parks and gardens across Thurrock. The geological section and associated geological items at Thorndon Country Park will be restored with an award to Essex Rock and Mineral Society and monies for Thurrock Museum will allow it to restore and conserve its archaeological collections,

Friends of Bedfords Park have received funds for their Garden Wildlife Wonders and will build a wildlife pond in thewalled kitchen garden.

The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme is now entering its final 18 months of delivery. Over the last four years, it has awarded £75,000 to projects across the Land of the Fanns area, helping local groups and organisations both big and small, to protect, restore and preserve important community assets, opening up new opportunities for local people to discover the heritage and environmental treasures on their doorsteps and improving the environment for wildlife and for everyone to enjoy for years to come.

Benjamin Sanderson, Land of the Fanns Scheme Manager said “The Community Action Fund has been a real success for the Landscape Partnership Scheme. These small grants have enabled local groups to access funds and deliver some great environmental and heritage projects right across the landscape. This ensures the Scheme has a legacy beyond its own time which really benefits the area. “

The five-year Land of the Fanns is a unique £2.4 million Landscape Partnership Scheme, awarded £1.36 million by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2016. It brings together nine partner organisations to work towards a shared goal of enabling local people enjoy what’s special about the landscape of the Fanns and its history. It has a dedicated commitment to celebrate the heritage and natural environment across an area covering Brentwood, Thurrock, parts of South West Essex and the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Havering.

Thames Chase Trust is the lead partner in Land of the Fanns project. The other partners are: Forestry England, Thames Estuary Partnership, Brentwood Borough Council, London Borough of Havering, Essex County Council, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Thames21 and Thurrock Council.