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Garden project will bloom thanks to powerful cash boost

A ground-breaking community gardening project in Islington will be blossoming thanks to a £2,000 grant from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 19 September 2014 12:00 AM

A ground-breaking community gardening project in Islington will be blossoming thanks to a £2,000 grant from UK Power Networks.

The money, from the company’s Power of Giving Fund, will buy hundreds of shrubs and perennials and 1,500 bulbs for Arlington Square Community Garden, as well as gardening tools and compost.

UK Power Networks owns and maintains the underground cables, overhead power lines and substations that deliver electricity to eight million properties across London, East Anglia and the South East. It contributes to community projects through the £300,000 fund, particularly those which enhance energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.

During the last three years, Arlington Square Gardens have been transformed by Arlington Association volunteers who live in the area. Community gardening days are held each month to encourage residents to come along, get planting and look after the square while getting to know one another and learning new skills.

Gordon McArthur, Chair of the Arlington Association said “This grant will enable us to continue our work to improve the public green space in our neighbourhood.

“We know community gardening not only helps improve the environment but helps build stronger and friendlier communities.

“Islington has the least green space per capita of any London Borough. In the current economic climate it is only through the generosity of such grants that local communities can work together to improve their local parks that provide such an important community space.”

The Power of Giving Fund was launched in 2013 and so far nearly £300,000 has been given to community projects across the area that UK Power Networks covers.

UK Power Networks Director of Customer Services, Matt Rudling said: “We are delighted to award this money. Community projects, such as this, are so important, and require a lot of hard work and dedication from all those involved. The Power of Giving Fund is our way of giving something back to the communities where we live and work.”

Any local group, based in the areas that UK Power Networks covers, can apply for a grant from the company’s Power of Giving Fund, providing they fulfil one of the following criteria:
• A registered charity
• A not for profit community organisation
• A parish or town council
• A social enterprise
• A not-for-profit educational establishment