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Conservation work at All Saints Church in Shorncote was supported with a £5,000 grant

Hills grants totalling £1m awarded to community and environmental projects

Forty five projects across Wiltshire have benefited from over £1,026,100 worth of grants made available via the Landfill Communities Fund in 2013/14, according to figures released by The Hills Group.

Projects which received funding included 13 community and environmental projects, five children’s play areas, 15 sports facilities and 12 village and community halls.

The projects stretch across the length and breadth of the county with grants ranging from £3,000 up to £30,000.

Mike Hill, chief executive of The Hills Group, said: “The Landfill Communities Fund is an innovative tax credit scheme that allows us to work with registered environmental bodies to deliver projects which improve the lives of communities living near landfill sites.

“We ensure that the maximum amount of funding is made available through this scheme each year and work closely with our partners Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Community First and the Cotswold Water Park Trust to distribute the funds as widely as possible.”

Dr Gary Mantle, chief executive of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Thanks to the generous support of The Hills Group we have been able to improve access and achieve the careful management of our nature reserves. This has been of huge benefit to the wildlife and people of Wiltshire.

“This year we have seen unprecedented numbers of orchids and other wildflowers on our meadow reserves. Thanks to Hills, we have been able to achieve the precise grazing and hay cutting necessary.”

Philippa Read, chief executive of Community First, said: “Community First is pleased to be working with The Hills Group in distributing grants from the Landfill Communities Fund which has enabled communities in the Wiltshire area to enhance existing facilities or to put in new ones for the benefit of their residents.”

A full list of the projects that have received funding can be found at