Grant to support biodiversity projects opens

Ashburton District Council's biodiversity grants open on Monday 18 May and individuals and community groups from around the district are being encouraged to put forward an application.

Each year Council provides $15,000 towards biodiversity grants which are open to anyone – individuals or organisations – who are carrying out a project to help protect, restore or enhance biodiversity in the district.

The biodiversity grants were established in 2013 and since then, have been instrumental in helping a number of community biodiversity projects across the district. 

One recent example includes a project by the Ashburton Community Conservation Trust to protect a remnant of the Bulbinella Angustifoli plant on Shepherds Bush Road.

Ashburton Community Conservation Trust member Bill Hood built the fence along the site to help prevent damage to plants by vehicles, stock movement or grazing and says it is vital to protect the few remaining sites in the area.

"Shepherd's Bush is the only known site on the Canterbury Plains of these Bulbinella, or Maori Onion as they are often referred to," Mr Hood says.

"Through the biodiversity grant we received from Council, we've have been able to protect these plants and help ensure they're still around for the enjoyment of future generations."

The maximum grant can be no more than 50% of total project cost and $5000 is the maximum Council can provide per grant.

The applicant's share of the project cost can be financial or in kind.

Applications for biodiversity grants are open from 18 May to 18 June 2015.

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