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Hanson's environment fund winds down

A floating classroom, a cricket club and a new nature reserve are some of the last projects to benefit from Hanson’s Environment Fund (HEF).

The payments have all come from landfill tax credits generated by the company and are celebrated in its Environment Fund annual report 2005. In total, £626,452 has been given to 70 projects over the last year.

But while many projects have gained from the scheme, the report also announces the final invitation for applications to it.

With the sale of the company’s waste disposal business in 2001, there has followed an inevitable and gradual winding down in the source of funds — landfill tax credits — available for grants.

HEF chairman David Sharman said: “Since its inception in 1997, the HEF has gone from strength to strength, distributing almost £16.5 million to hundreds of worthwhile projects throughout the UK.

“We’ve supported some really interesting projects during 2005 that have made positive contributions to biodiversity, and are making real differences in communities. I am confident that the fund will leave behind a lasting legacy of achievement.”

With two levels of funding, the small grant scheme offers between £250 and £5,000 for community amenities and wildlife and habitat conservation.

While the main grant scheme pays between £5,001 and £25,000 for the creation and improvement of parks and public amenities and safeguarding or enhancing biodiversity.

Details of how to apply for the final round of funding are available at www.rswt.org.

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