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HABITAT MANAGEMENT: For management advice contact Wild Oxfordshire’s Community Ecologist, Roselle Chapman roselle@wildoxfordshire.org.uk

Advice for managing gardens and small spaces for wildlife:

FUNDING:

  • The Trust For Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE) have funded over 250 projects representing more than £1.5 million in grants. TOE has a variety of grants available to support projects that meet the following general criteria:
    • Improve the overall biodiversity of habitats including woodlands, ponds, rivers, meadows, greenspaces and the wider countryside.
    • Improve breeding or habitat conditions for particular species, e.g. planting nectar rich plants for bumblebees.
    • Expand the biodiversity resource within the 36 Conservation Target Areas (CTAs).
    • Improve the quality, quantity and/or coverage of voluntary species recording in Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
  • SPARK funding  is a small scale grants scheme offering up to £1,000 to voluntary and charitable organisations in Cherwell District to undertake new projects or extend the reach of the programmes they currently run.
  • West Oxfordshire District Council invite applications for their Community Activities Grants (max £500) available for community groups wishing to develop arts, heritage or community-based projects in West Oxfordshire which contribute to the health and wellbeing of residents and quality of community life.
  • Each Oxford City councillor has an annual budget of £1,500 to spend in their ward on projects that provide economic, social and environmental benefit to the local community.
  • Every South Oxfordshire District Councillor has a budget of £5,000 to award to projects or services that will benefit communities in their ward.
  • Oxfordshire County Council has allocated a funding pot of £15,000 for each county councillor to allocate to local causes for this financial year. Full details:
  • Oxfordshire LEADER offers grants of up to £100,000 for rural development projects, including those led by community groups.
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK. Their primary interests are in the cultural life of the UK, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society.
  • Co-op Mid-Counties Local Community Fund offer a range of funding and grants for local charities, community groups, campaigns and events.
  • Every year BIG Lottery Fund gives millions of pounds from the National Lottery to good causes. Their money goes to community groups and to projects that improve health, education and the environment. There are many strands to their funding, so be prepared to spend some time researching which one is most relevant to your project. See some examples of biodiversity projects.

Cherwell District Council have recently published their CDC Community Nature Plan 2018-2020 to demonstrate how it will fulfil its duty under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act 2006 and comply with its obligations relating to important wildlife sites, habitats and species under European and national legislation as well as the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Ash Die Back. The Sylva Foundation is also leading on the development of Oxfordshire’s Ash Die Back Action Plan. It is early days,  so until this plan is developed here is some practical advice for those with a responsibility for management of ash in woodlands and maintaining ecosystem properties after loss of ash in Great Britain. Devon & Leicestershire have done this already and their plans contain a great deal of advice that is applicable to Oxfordshire.