Five Tweeddale projects supporting wellbeing and resilience, active lifestyles, disabled access and the implementation of social distancing measures are amongst 21 initiatives to share over £62,000 from the Fallago Environment Fund’s Covid-19 Recovery Grant Programme.
The Fallago Environment Fund, which shares the benefits of the Hermes Infrastructure and EDF Renewables-owned Fallago Rig Wind Farm in the Lammermuir Hills, launched the special £100,000 Covid-19 Fund in April to help Borders residents recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis and lockdown.
The initial tranche of successful applications sees £62,632 being shared with charities and community groups, including Walkerburn Allotment Society, which has received £546 to provide timber and materials to construct steps, a ramp and platform at the allotment to allow wheelchair and pushchair access.
Other projects to receive funding include EPIC Peeblesshire (Exceptional Parents, Incredible Children), which has received £1,991 to purchase an electric cargo bike that can carry up to four children. The group comprises children with sensory and physical impairments, learning or mental difficulties and their parents and siblings and the new bike will allow them to access the many benefits of visiting parks and safe spaces. Tweedgreen in Peebles has been awarded a grant to provide garden furniture and hanging baskets to make its community garden safer, more accessible and enjoyable and for signage to remind people about social distancing, while Innerleithen Community Trust receives £750 to provide 30 hanging baskets to add colour to the high street and lift community spirits.
The Fallago Environment Fund has also awarded £4,760 to Newlands Community Development Trust to provide materials to segregate the Primary school’s outdoor sports field, add age-specific flexibility/workout stations to their Walk a Mile perimeter walk, and to implement an online booking system for the benefit of individual, families and the elderly.
The Fallago Environment Fund is supported by Roxburghe Estates, Hermes Infrastructure and EDF Renewables. Gareth Baird, Chairman, Fallago Environment Fund, said;
“Covid-19 is having a huge impact on all our lives but we have witnessed some truly heartwarming community spirit in the Scottish Borders since the crisis began. Through these grants, the Fallago Environment Fund hopes to help Borders community groups to reduce and repair the negative impact of social isolation and to improve wellbeing and quality of life right across the region.”
Allin Hogarth from Walkerburn Allotment Society said; “We’ve seen a huge increase in interest in our allotment since the start of lockdown, but we have a slightly sloping site which has made access for wheelchairs and pushchairs difficult. This Fallago Environment Fund grant will enable us to make our site much more accessible and enable many more people to enjoy the benefits of physical activity, social interaction and home grown produce.”
Other grants of between £500 and £5,000 are currently still being assessed by The Bridge – a Scottish Borders community development charity which has offices in Galashiels, Jedburgh and Peebles and which is administering the special Covid-19 fund.
Grant payments are made up front so that work can start immediately.
Fallago Environment Fund Covid-19 Recovery Programme Awards – June 2020
EPIC Peeblesshire (Exceptional Parents, Incredible Children) – £1,991
To purchase an electric cargo bike for use by children with special needs and their families
Tweedgreen, Peebles – £2,200
Provision of garden furniture and hanging baskets to make a community garden safer, more accessible and enjoyable and for signage to remind people about social distancing.
Walkerburn Allotment Society – £546
To provide timber and materials to construct steps, ramp and platform at the allotment to allow wheelchair and pushchair access.
Newlands Community Development Trust – £4760
To provide materials to segregate the Primary school’s outdoor sports field, add age-specific flexibility/workout stations to their Walk a Mile perimeter walk, and implement an online booking system for the benefit of individual, families and the elderly.
Innerleithen Community Trust – £750
To provide 30 hanging baskets to add colour to the high street and lift community spirits.
Teviot & Liddesdale
Burnfoot Community Futures – £4,700
To adapt its community garden to incorporate social distancing including access for the disabled. The grant will also fund planting and growing equipment as well as staffing to offer information and advice on growing food.
Hawick Congregational Community Church – Reaching Out – £2,620
To provide a commercial dishwasher plus PPE, sanitisers and deep cleansing to enable the church to continue to provide affordable lunches for isolated local people, many of whom have disabilities and cannot manage alone.
The Learning Space, Gavinton nr Duns £4,968
To provide a greenhouse/shed, butterfly kits, growing kits plus bird, bug and bat boxes to deliver a nature project to improve the mental health of young people with barriers to learning and development.
Eat, Sleep, Ride CIC (Reston and Lamberton) – £5,000
To provide staffing, training and materials to support a community volunteering initiative at the charity, which uses horses to work therapeutically with young people and address mental health and self-esteem issues.
Westruther Parish Youth Group – £4,992
To encourage physical activity and help mental health by improving foot/cycle paths around the village. Five rest benches which will commemorate all pandemic key workers will be installed and the community garden developed to grow vegetables to promote wellbeing.
Eyemouth Community Council – £2,600
To widen the Memorial walk and Loaning walk, connecting the town with the coastal path to allow social distancing and encourage outdoor exercise.
Coldstream Gateway Association – £900
To provide plants for volunteers to use in floral displays throughout the town to promote wellbeing and a positive atmosphere.
A Greener Melrose – £4,877
To re-surface footpaths and level the parking area at the Drygrange Community Woodland, Allotments and Community Orchard and provide rabbit proof fencing. This will improve access for all and protect the food growing area.
Darnick Village Development Trust, nr Melrose – £3,300
To purchase five accessible recycled picnic benches for the community woodland to enable more people to enjoy it while social distancing and providing rest spaces for those who cannot walk far.
Lauderdale Cycling Club £1,510
To encourage cycling by support coaching certification to deliver free Introduction to Cycling sessions for all ages and abilities plus bike maintenance sessions and guided bike rides.
Midlem Village Hall – £1,975
To purchase two wheelchair-accessible picnic benches and a bench to provide safe outdoor seating that allows for social distancing and encourages safe social interaction.
Border Group of Riding for the Disabled, nr Ancrum – £5,000
To create a path and hard surface parking area to allow children with complex needs and people in wheelchairs or with mobility issues to access a safe, calm area where they can watch the horses, socialise and exercise under supervision until they can return to ride.
Yetholm & District Community Council – £500
To provide and install wooden benches to allow villagers, many of whom are elderly, to sit and engage with others at a safe distance, providing social and mental stimulation.
Jedburgh Golf Club – £3,943
To provide signage and overhaul the fairway mower to enable the club to widen mown areas to allow safe access for walkers around the perimeter of the course.
Morebattle in Bloom – £500
To provide plants, compost and feed for the village’s floral displays to provide a positive atmosphere.
Kalewater Community Company, Morebattle – £5,000
To purchase a ride-on mulching mower and storage shed so the community can maintain the new community recreation area, to facilitate walking and other outdoor activities that improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation.