This new funding is great news for the two counties. Network Rail is making funds available for biodiversity following unavoidable habitat loss resulting from the electrification of the Great Western Railway line (for further information see FAQ's "Where has the funding come from" opposite).
The aim is to support biodiversity projects that provide long lasting improvements to wildlife habitats. We are looking for strategic projects which improve good quality areas by making them bigger and better connected to other wildlife sites and also to improve the quality of existing habitats, in line with the Oxfordshire’s State of Nature Report and Berkshire’s Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2020. We are looking to create new woodland, provide better links between woodlands, and to enhance existing woodland and scrub mosaic, though other habitats could be considered (ancient woodland is not eligible).
Parish councils, local charities and not-for-profit organisations, local authorities and landowners are all eligible to apply. The programme is to be delivered over a four-year period. Projects are expected between the range of £10,000 and £100,000. Stage 1 applications for outline project proposals can be received at any time.
Please contact us for more information and to discuss your project ideas – call on 01865 407003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.