2014 was certainly a big year for WREN. We reached two significant milestones, funding our 7,000th project and surpassing a grand total of £200m invested in projects that leave a lasting benefit for people, communities, habitats and heritage.

WREN also distributed more money than ever before in the past 15 months, and allocated it in larger chunks too. For example, we gave £1m – the single largest grant made by WREN for over 10 years – to the RSPB to purchase land at Hesketh Marsh for conservation, as part of WREN’s Land Purchase Fund.

Reaching these unprecedented levels of funding means our work will make a bigger impact in regenerating communities that need support.

Standing at this apex in WREN’s 17 year history certainly provides a good moment to stop and reflect – to look back on achievements and remember where we’ve come from, as well as look ahead to new challenges for the future.

2014 was an important year for reflection in a wider sense, as it marked the global commemoration of 100 years since the start of the First World War. The impact and significance of this conflict to our society over the last century, and to our lives today, is immense.

That’s why there was unanimous support from board members to award a further grant for £150,000 to London’s Imperial War Museum (IWM), following the £500,000 that WREN initially awarded at the end of 2013.

The money has contributed to the refurbishment of the museum itself, to upgrade the atrium and visitor facilities. It also supports IWM’s centenary exhibitions and new galleries. These hold the world’s most comprehensive First World War collections and help vividly tell the story of a conflict we must never forget.

The themes of remembrance and 100 years of conflict recur in other projects successfully funded by WREN during 2014. These include £650,000 awarded to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, towards creating facilities for the thousands of visitors who pay their respects to military and civilian forces honoured there.

In Essex, the Heritage Fund awarded £200,000 to Stow Maries Aerodrome, Europe’s largest surviving airfield from the Great War to preserve structures at risk for future generations.

This remembrance and reflection make us realise how fortunate we are, and this sense of gratitude is strongly felt within our own organisation.

Firstly, our thanks go to FCC Environment – without its support none of what we do would happen. WREN could also not function without the hard work and dedication of its staff and everyone else who helps us. A heartfelt thanks to you all.

We’re indebted to our panel volunteers who generously contribute their time, expertise and local knowledge. It’s their input that adds integrity to our funding selection process across the 23 panels we operate nationwide to assess community, biodiversity and heritage projects.

What we do is very much a team effort, as working together gets the best results. Alongside teamwork, funding the future is also core to WREN’s ethos – as aiding opportunities for young people creates a longer lasting legacy. So it’s fitting that a project with both these values took us over the £200m mark of total funding invested. This milestone project was funding for almost £67,000 to build the UK’s second largest parkour training ground at Ellesmere Port. The grant award was the result of great team work – a collaboration between the local council, community groups and the young parkour enthusiasts who’ll use the facilities. This grassroots initiative will also really make a difference to kids’ lives.

Looking to the younger generation reminds us that constant change is inevitable, and so it is with WREN’s own future. The amount of landfill in the UK is steadily falling, and we’re introducing better ways to process and reduce waste too, so our long-term destiny remains uncertain. But what more immediate changes will affect us in 2015?

Well, we’ll remember 2014 was year of the Scottish referendum, when Scotland decided whether to remain part of the United Kingdom. Although Scots voted no to independence, the devolution of some powers will continue. This means how WREN operates in Scotland is changing.

Our whole organisation must also undergo a big transition in how we operate. The Landfill Communities Fund is under reform with the aim of improving the flow of funding by removing barriers and unnecessary bureaucracy. This means WREN’s funds will need to be allocated and spent on projects within shorter timescales and projects requiring longer term funding will have to be phased.

On the positive front, it will help us become more efficient and proactive – to process, approve and release funding more quickly – and we’ll be supporting projects with a higher chance of success that can make an impact sooner.

In short, we must evolve or die, and it’s better to continue making positive change that makes a lasting difference to so many people, than none at all. Reflecting upon the achievements of 2014 makes us very proud so we’ll resolve to continue that good work into the future, whatever happens.


Peter Cox



This annual review provides the opportunity for reflection. WREN has achieved a great deal since I last wrote an introduction to its annual review.

WREN has passed the major milestone of committing more than £200m to projects. And in the last 15 months, £23.4m of funding has been pledged to 442 projects, more than ever before. The success of the programme is not in doubt.

As WREN’s major funding partner, we at FCC Environment share similar core values. Both our organisations are committed to enhancing the lives of people and communities that live in the areas around landfill sites.

WREN has proved its effectiveness by delivering funding for a huge range of projects both local and national which will benefit individual communities and society as a whole.

Examples of WREN’s success include the commitment of more than £14.5m to fund community projects which will make huge difference to people’s lives.

The impact of WREN’s Biodiversity Action Fund on UK priority habitats warrants recognition. Some £6.5m has been distributed and over 2,700 hectares of habitat will be restored, created and improved. These vital projects funded by WREN help deliver government targets for halting biodiversity loss.

In collaboration with English Heritage, Cadw (Welsh Government’s historic environment service) and National Churches Trust, WREN has invested almost £1 million in preserving some of the UK’s most at risk heritage.

In addition, WREN has also provided funding for the Imperial War Museum and the National Memorial Arboretum, highly appropriate when the nation remembered the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The size and scope of these grants demonstrate the success of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) and its ability to make a real difference.

But the waste management industry is changing and we at FCC Environment are leading that change. In the last three years our business has refocused and developed a new strategy moving away from operating landfill sites to become a service business which collects waste and helps customers maximise the value from what they throw away through reuse, recycling and energy recovery.

This inevitably means that the amount of funding generated from Landfill Tax will decline. At the same time, the Chancellor’s Challenge means it is likely that the LCF will be reformed.

As a successful non-profit making environmental body, WREN is ideally placed to play an influential part in shaping and delivering the future face of the LCF. Whatever the outcome of this process, I am confident WREN will be a key partner in many future initiatives that will enrich communities and society as a whole.


WREN funded many projects in 2014 that made a positive change to communities, habitats and heritage. Here’s a closer look at just a few of them...


With 2014 marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, we recognised the importance of helping to fund the major renovation work of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London.

WREN granted £500,000 to IWM at the end of 2013, which helped to improve the visitor experience by opening up the museum’s atrium, and installing better displays and lighting. It also supported IWM’s centenary exhibitions and new galleries, which will keep the history and personal recollections of the war alive for future generations.

WREN’s board unanimously awarded a further £150,000 in 2014, used to revamp the outside of the museum before its grand reopening in July. This money funded the repair of gates, fences and stonework, plus improving disabled access to the building.




The WREN board unanimously agreed to award a total of £650,000 to support the fundraising campaign to improve visitor facilities at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

The site is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities and a new visitor centre and dedicated education facilities will enable significantly more people to access this important national remembrance site.

WREN’s initial Gift Aid grant of £200,000 will improve site orientation to name and locate memorials, trees and other features via a physical model and two databases. It will also fund remote shelters across the site that provide summer shade and winter shelter, plus give key information about the surrounding area.

An additional £450,000 awarded by WREN will create timber ‘cloisters’ on three sides of Heroes Square outside the visitor centre. The money will also provide wayfinding signage around the memorial site, plus furnish the visitor centre to make it more comfortable.




WREN’s Heritage Fund supports the long-term survival of iconic historical sites, so we were delighted to contribute to the valuable restoration work of the old Coventry Cathedral ruins for a second time in 2014.

We previously gave the ruins’ restoration fund £77,383 in 2011 for work to consolidate some walls and gateways of the ruined Cathedral, which was successfully completed.

In 2014, we awarded a further £51,550 to the conservation fund. This will ensure two crypts of the medieval ruins are made watertight and safe for the public to access, plus help stop further erosion to the stonework. This is the first phase of a project that will see these evocative spaces being opened up for visitors to appreciate.


We were thrilled that a project driven by young people to improve their future marked the milestone of WREN distributing a total of £200m in grants.

We awarded the Ellesmere Port community in Cheshire a grant of £66,780 to build one of the UK’s largest parkour, or free-running, training facilities in Whitby Park.

Parkour, the art of negotiating over and around urban obstacles fluidly with speed, requires physical strength and discipline. However, practicing it around town was seen as intimidating and dangerous by some local residents.

So a core group of 20 local parkour enthusiasts aged between 15 and 23 worked hard over three years to address these negative perceptions and find a safer way to practice parkour. They developed the idea of a purpose-built parkour training ground in collaboration with Cheshire West and Chester Council and local community groups.

The Ellesmere Port area lacks adequate sports and recreation facilities so this will be a great new outdoor space to encourage physical activity. The project is also significant within a wider programme of change and investment, to increase Ellesmere Port residents’ pride in their town.





Total WREN Funding 2014/15 £23,490,783


Community Fund England

Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire Panel

Drayton Parslow Playground Improvements
Fairford Leys Church Building Development
Furzton – Ridgeway Community Centre Moveable Wall Replacement
Great Linford – Dragon Park Play Area Improvements
Great Linford – Peartree Pond Refurbishment
Little Brickhill Play Area
Marsh Gibbon Playground Development
Milton Keynes – Whaddon Way Church Centre Disabled Lift Project
Mursley Village Hall Refurbishment
Oakley Bowling Green
Oakley Village Hall Heating Upgrade
Old Wolverton – Holy Trinity Church Pathway Refurbishment
Roxton Parish Hall – Increasing Energy Efficiency
Springfield Centre Renovation
Toddington Scout Hall Improvements

Total: £505,597

Cambridgeshire Panel

Abbotsley Village Hall Window Replacement Project
Burwell St Mary’s Church Building
Cherry Hinton Baptist Church Centre Regeneration
Comberton Playground Project
Coton Village Hall – Small Meeting Room
Cottenham Wheeled Sports Facility
Earith Skate Park
Godmanchester Baptist Church Refurbishment Phase 2
Haddenham – Arkenstall Village Centre Toilet Improvements
Harston Village Play Area
Hinchingbrooke Country Park Outdoor Shelter Project
Horningsea – St Peters Church Community Facilities Upgrade
Huntingdon Commemoration Hall Heating
Huntingdon Methodist Church Refurbishment
Madingley Village Hall Phase 3 Development
March – GER Sports Ground Community Clubhouse
Needingworth Village Hall Toilet Renovation
Ramsey Mereside Village Hall Kitchen Replacement
Swavesey – Moat Way Children’s Play Area
Teversham – Borley Way Skate Park
Toft People’s Hall Internal Improvements
Upwood Village Hall Roof Insulation Project
Waterbeach Wheeled Park
Whittlesey – Manor Play Park
Willingham QEII Playing Field

Total: £830,422

Cheshire Panel

Adlington Road Play Areas Regeneration Project
Astbury Village Hall
Blakenhall – Milldale Scout Camp Toilet Block Refurbishment
Bollington Health & Leisure Changing Rooms
Brindley & Faddiley – The Goodwill Hall Renovation Project
Broomhall and Sound Methodist Church Annexe
Bunbury Watermill Refurbishments
Byley Village Hall Lounge Extension
Cheshire – Weaver Navigation Final Link
Chester – Upton Cockpit
Congleton – Key Green Church Renovation Project
Crewe – Union Street Baptist Church Renovation
Ellesmere Port – Parkour In Whitby
Ellesmere Port – Seacombe Drive Park Improvements
Elton Community Play Area
Furness Vale Playing Field Transformation Project
Guilden Sutton Playground Refurbishment
Henbury Play Area
Hoole Community Centre Energy Management Improvements
Macclesfield – Townley Street Community Hall
Macclesfield Elim – Upstairs Conversion
Manley Village Hall Refurbishment
Middlewich – Stallard Way Play Area & Community Orchard£47,852
Northwich – Church Street Paddling Pool Refurbishment
Oakhanger Methodist Church Redevelopment
Poynton – Brecon Park Revitalisation
Prestbury Park Playground Project
Sandbach – Mortimer Drive Play Area Improvements
Warrington – Hood Manor Community Centre Refurbishment
Willaston Play Area
Wilmslow – Lacey Green Play Park Area
Winsford – Minster Close Improvement Scheme
Winsford – Over Play Area
Wistaston – Eric Swan Sports Ground Pavilion Extension
Wrenbury Village Hall Refurbishment
Wybunbury Village Hall Repairs

Total: £1,360,398

Cumbria Panel

Barrow Island ARLFC Facility Improvement Project
Barrow Island Park “The Rec”
Cleator Moor Methodist Church Community Rooms
Dalton-in-Furness Leisure Centre Replacement Boiler
Embleton Community Play Area Refurbishment
Great Broughton Community Project
Haverigg Foreshore Footpath & Children’s Art Trail
Lindal Moor Cricket Club New Pavilion Project
Maryport Pitch Drainage Project
Mirehouse Cattle Arch and Pathways
Moresby – Rosehill Theatre Development
South Walney Nature Reserve Visitor Facilities
Workington Theatre Royal Youth & Community Project

Total: £410,891

Halton and Warrington Panel

Bewsey Meadows Community Park Development
Birchwood Forest Park Regeneration
Great Sankey – Marina Avenue Park Play Refurbishment
Hale – The Oglet Project
Halton Brook – Holy Spirit Church Heating Upgrade
Little Leigh Village Hall Improvements (Phase 1 – Roof)
Lymm Youth & Community Centre Phase 2 Refurbishment
Orford – Radley Common Park Play Facilities
Runcorn – Palace Fields Community Park
Sandiway Church Hall Kitchen Refurbishment
Thelwall All Saints Church Re-Ordering
Victoria Park Glasshouses Project
Warrington – Gorse Covert Mounds Improvements
Warrington – Cinnamon Brow Play Area
Widnes – Spike Island Lock Restoration
Widnes RUFC Access For All Project
Winwick Recreation Ground Upgrade

Total: £613,786

Humber Panel

Ancholme Cycle Path – South Ferriby to Horkston Bridge
Appleby – Play Park Refurbishment
Barmby Moor Pavilion Kitchen Refurbishment
Barmby Village Hall Refurbishment Phase 2
Barton-Upon-Humber – Trinity Methodist Church Restoration
Barton-Upon-Humber – The Beck Restoration
Bishop Burton Playground Project
Brigsley Village Hall New Heating System
Cleethorpes CC Energy Conservation Project
East Halton Playing Field
Eastrington Village Hall Toilet Renovation
Elloughton cum Brough Children’s Play Area Refurbishment
Epworth – Upper Croft QE11 Field Kings Head Croft Play Facilities
Everingham Village Hall
Goole – Fountayne Street Play Area & Skate Park Refurbishment
Goole – The Courtyard Annexe Project
Goole – Oakhill Country Park Improvements & Access Scheme
Goxhill Memorial Hall Refurbishment
Grimsby – Nunsthorpe Community Hall
Hessle – King George V Playing Fields Community Hub
Hook Memorial Hall Kitchen Refurbishment
Kilnwick – Percy Hall Boiler & Fire Alarm Renewal
Lund Village Community Centre
Marshlands Community Play Park
North Ferriby Reed Pond Restoration
Ousefleet Village Hall Refurbishment
Owston Ferry Coronation Hall
Pocklington Cricket Clubhouse Refurbishment
Pocklington Skate Park
Pollington Town Play Area Improvement Project
Saxby All Saints Village Hall Community Cinema Project
Saxby All Saints Village Hall Community Cinema Project
Saxby All Saints Village Hall Community Cinema Project
Skelton Schofield Memorial Hall
South Cave Play Park Improvements
The Pocklington Canal Development Project

Total: £944,639

Lincolnshire Panel

Alford Corn Exchange Facilities Upgrade
Alford Youth Access Project
Bardney BMX & Skate Park
Boston – Central Park Play Area
Boston – Peter Paine Performance Centre & MUGA
Branston Community Skate Park
Burgh Le Marsh – WI Hall Kitchen Renovation
Chapel St Leonards Seaside Community Space
Coningsby – School Lane Play Area
Deeping St Nicholas Church Heating
Digby War Memorial Hall Refurbishment
Donington St Mary’s Church Hall Refurbishment
Eastwell Village Hall Refurbishments
Freiston – Danny Flear Community Centre Refurbishment
Freiston – St James Church Access for All
Grantham – Canal Towpath Restoration
Grantham – Jubilee Churchlife Centre Community Facility
Harmston Memorial Hall – Operation Heartbeat
Heighington “Have my Say” Recreational Equipment
Hemswell Cliff Ball Park
Holbeach – Penny Hill Road Community Facilities
Horncastle Community Centre Refurbishment
Kirton – Dame Sarah Swift Playing Field
Langrick Village Hall Improvements
Laughterton Jubilee Park Play Area
Lincoln – Whisby Nature Park: Greet The Visitor
Lincoln – Dunston Play Equipment
Mareham Le Fen New Village Hall
Moulton Seas End Play Area
Ropsley Playground Project – Phase 2
Saxilby Village Hall Heating & Insulation Upgrade
Sibsey Village Hall Refurbishment
Sleaford Nettles Access Improvements
Sleaford – St Botolph’s Community Centre Refurbishment
Swineshead Play Area Regeneration
Walcott Play Park
Welton & Dunholme Methodist Church Refurbishment
Woodhall Spa – Coronation Hall Community Recreation Area Improvements
Woodhall Spa – Jubilee Park Pavilion Refurbishment
Woodhall Spa Community Sports Project
Wyberton – Garfits Lane Play Area
Wyberton – Westgate Wood Path Improvement

Total: £1,673,502

Norfolk and Suffolk Panel

Bungay – Fisher Theatre Renovations
Dersingham Play Area Improvements
Downham Market Heritage Learning & Community Centre
Gayton Skate & BMX Park
Loddon Squash Club Refurbishment
Lowestoft – The Bethel Theatre Project
Stoke Ferry Play Area
Watlington – Millennium Green Rejuvenation

Total: £266,255

Northamptonshire Panel

Aldwincle Village Hall Premises Refurbishment
Brigstock Village Hall Improvements
Corby – Arran Community Centre Refurbishments
Corby – Hazelwood Community Centre Building Refurbishment
Corby – Irish Centre Refurbishment
Corby – Lyvenden Road Play Space
Corby – Stavanger Close Play Area
Corby – The Adrenaline Alley Plaza
Corby – West Glebe All Weather Pitch
Cosgrove Play Area Upgrade
Cotterstock Village Hall Restoration
Danesholme Recreational Area
Danesholme – Carltonwood Close Play Park
Desborough – Pocket Park Pond Enhancement Project
Desborough – Dunkirk Avenue Rec. Outdoor Gym
East Carlton Country Play Park Area
Evenley Parish Hall Damp Proofing Project
Exeter Little Ambassadors Community Improvements
Islip Sports Pavilion
Kettering – Wicksteed Park Sand & Water Play Project
Kettering – Grafton Street Park Play Area
Kettering – St Michael’s Community Nature Garden
King’s Cliffe Memorial Hall Lower Ground Floor Refurbishment
Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre Revitalising Refurbishment
Lowick Community Hall Restoration Scheme
Oakham Willow Crescent Play Area
Oundle – Springfield Community Garden
Ringstead Peace Park Redevelopment
Ringstead St Marys Church Toilets
Southwick Village Hall Renovation
Thrapston – Castle Field MUGA
Titchmarsh Clubroom Development
Uppingham – Tod’s Piece Recreation Ground Facilities

Total: £1,324,492

Nottinghamshire Panel

Arnold – Emmanuel Church Hall Refurbishment
Arnold – St Mary’s Community Family Centre Toilet Renovation
Aspley – Munford Circus Open Space
Beckingham cum Saundby Village Hall Roof
Beckingham Institute Windows Replacement
Bottesford Playgrounds Project
Carlton on Trent Village Hall Building Renovation
Carrington – Pirate Park Revitalisation
Coddington Coronation Hall Redevelopment
Collingham Community Park
East Bridgford – Butt Close Improvement Project
East Markham – Outdoor Community Fitness Area
Hawton All Saints Church – Tower Area Re–Organisation
Ilkeston Road Recreation Ground Improvements
Kirby in Ashfield – Beacon Drive play area project
Langold St Luke’s Church Renovation
Nottingham Heritage & Outreach Project
Papplewick Moor Pond Woods Footpath Improvements
Radford – Moorgate Street Open Space
Rainworth Community Play Project
Ravenshead St Peters Centre
Ruddington – St Mary’s Community Park Project
Sawley Park Playground
Selston Parish Hall Heating Upgrade
Sherwood – Valley Road Play Environment
South Clifton Community Pavilion
South Muskham & Little Carlton Village Hall Improvements
Stockhill Park Children’s Play Area
Underwood Recreation Ground
West Bridgford Sports Club Improvements

Total: £1,140,432

Oxfordshire Panel

Blackbird Leys – Gillians Park ‘Go Active’ Fitness Trail
Bladon Methodist Church Redevelopment
Buckland Memorial Hall Re-Roofing Project
Charlbury Memorial Hall Improvements
Drayton Village Hall Refurbishment Project
Finstock Village Hall Regeneration
Fringford Village Hall Renovation Project
Hollow Way Recreation Ground ‘ Go Active’ Outdoor Fitness Gym
Holy Family Church Refurbishments
Little Wittenham Wood Enhancements
Marston Church Hall Renovation of Toilets
North Leigh War Memorial Hall Disabled Access Project
Oxford – St Mary & St John Church Hall Renovations
Oxford Summertown Church Hall Windows
Stanton Harcourt Play Areas Project
Upton Village Hall Kitchen Refurbishment Project
Witney – Liven Up The Leys
Witney – Stonesfield Play Park Redevelopment
Woodstock – The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Fit Out

Total: £747,762

Warwickshire and Coventry Panel

Cheylesmore Community Centre Upgrade Phase 3
Coventry – Foleshill St Paul’s Heating Project
Coventry – St Francis Church Hall Improvements
Coventry – St Martin-in-the-Fields Church Hall Refurbishment
Coventry St George’s Disability Access & Garden Improvements
Leamington Jubilee Community Space Project
Leamington Spa – St Mary’s Church Servery
Leek Wootton Playground Upgrade
Longford – Peggies Park Community Centre Project
Newbold – Parkfield Road Play Area Project
Rugby – Hill Street Youth & Community Centre Renovations
Stoke Heath – Creating a Comfortable Community Centre

Total: £555,276

Yorkshire Panel

Adwick-le-Street Methodist Community Outreach
Austerfield Study Centre Refurbishment
Bawtry Memorial Sports Ground Redevelopment
Bingley – Prince of Wales Park Renovation
Bingley – St Wilfred Community Hall
Boroughbridge Tennis Club Courts Resurfacing
Bradford – Farfield Avenue Recreation Ground
Bradford – St Peter’s House Refurbishment
Bradford – Little Lane Community Hall Energy Saving Project
Bradford – Nesfield Street Community Hall
Camblesforth Village Garden
Castleford – Fairburn Ings Visitor Facility Upgrade
Castleford – Trinity Rooms Roof Replacement
Clayton Village Hall Disabled Stair Lift
Crigglestone Sports Club – New Changing Rooms
Crofton Community Centre Sports Pitches Drainage Scheme
Doncaster – Tickhill Cricket Club Refurbishment
Doncaster – Christ Church Restoration Project Phase 4
Eastmoor Community Project – Building for the Future
Eccleshill – The Big Swing
Flockton Village Community Space
Harden Memorial Park Playground
Heckmondwike – St James Community Project 2013
Hexthorpe Parish Hall Refurbishment
Holden Park Tennis Court Area
Horbury Methodist Church Development
Keighley – Guardhouse Urban Woodland
Kirkgate Open Spaces
Kirklees – Miners Memorial Garden
Knaresborough – King George Play Park
Knaresborough – The Beryl Burton Information Panel
Knottingley Canal Side Improvements
Lakeside – South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
Manningham – A Resource for All
Manningham – Lupton Street Park & Play Area
Moss & Fenwick Village Hall Renovation
Netherton Village Hall Upgrade
New Millerdam – Slack Lane Field of Dreams
Pontefract – Friarwood Valley Gardens Picnic & Play
Ripon – St John’s Community Centre Project
Rossington Community Centre Refurbishment
South Kirkby – Burntwood Community Centre MUGA
Steeton Bowling Green Play Area Refurbishment
Thorne Rugby Club Refurbishment
Wadworth – St John the Baptist Facility Improvements
Wakefield – Thornes Park Conservatory Refurbishment
Wakefield – New Millerdam Country Park
Wakefield – Lightwaves Leisure & Community Centre Refurbishment
Warmsworth Cricket Club – Facilities For All
West Yorkshire – St Luke’s Community Portacabin
Wetherby Community Kitchen
Woodsetts Multi Use Sports Facility
Wyke Community Sensory Garden

Total: £1,978,768

Community Fund Scotland

Glasgow and Lanarkshire Panel

Airdrie – Whinhall Play Area
Falkirk Wheel Water Play
Forgewood Community Centre Resource Project
Kirkintilloch – Dromore Play Park
Motherwell – Dalziel St Andrews Parish Church Refurbishments
Motherwell – South Parish Keystone Project

Total: £308,021

Community Fund Wales

Conwy Panel

Conwy – Clwb Yr Efail Centre Refurbishment
Conwy – Kendal Road Play Area Improvements
Conwy – Victoria Park Improvement Project Phase 2
Conwy – Fairy Glen Nature Reserve Community Enhancement Scheme
Craig–Y–Don Sports & Community Centre Replacement Boiler
Old Colwyn Community Centre Refurbishment
Rhyl Harbour Green Infrastructure Project
Rhyl Rugby Sports and Social Club Improved Facilities
Y Glyn Recreation Improvement Project

Total: £309,961

West Glamorgan Panel

Ammanford – Betws RFC Refurbishment
Ammanford All Saints Church Repairs
Ammanford Ebeneser Chapel Refurbishment
Banwen Skate Park
Brynaman Play Area
Clydach – Capel Y Nant Church Hall Refurbishment
Garnant – Cwmamman Park MUGA & Splashpad
Llandybie RFC Community Project
Llanedi Park
Longford – The Drive New Play Area
Maes y Coed Play Area
Neuadd Cwmllynfell Refurbishment
Pen Y Dre – YMCA Roof Renovation
Pontarddulais – Bont Community Youth Zone
Seven Sisters Community Cycle Route
Swansea – Canolfan Seion Newydd Centre Upgrade
Swansea – Jersey Park Pavillion Refurbishment
Trebanos Together Park Upgrade
Ystalyfera – Wern Chapel Refurbishments
Ystalyfera RFC Refurbishment
Ystradgynlais Miners Welfare Hall Improvements

Total: £912,125

Wrexham Panel

Chirk – Chapel Lane Playground Refurbishment
Ffrith Play Area Enhancement
Glyn Ceiriog – Tramway Engine Shed & Yard
Glyn Ceiriog Playground Redevelopment
Glyn Ceiriog Playground Redevelopment
Marchwiel Village Hall Development 2
Oswestry – Gatacre Pavilion Refurbishment
Oswestry – Gatacre Pavilion Refurbishment
Oswestry – Gatacre Pavilion Refurbishment
Oswestry – Gatacre Pavilion Refurbishment
Wrexham – St Margaret’s Energy Conservation Project 2014
Wrexham – Salisbury Park Church & Community Hall
Wrexham – Trevor Park Play Area Project

Total: £603,216

National Funding

The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
Transforming the Imperial War Museum London

Total: £800,000

FCC Building Communities Fund

FCC Building Communities – Gainsborough GAPA Outdoor Play Project
FCC Building Communities – Gainsborough Marshall Archives
FCC Building Communities – Gainsborough Rowing Club

Total: £97,898

Biodiversity Action Fund

Cumbria – Eycott Hill (Upland Exemplar creation)
Highlands – Inner Moray Firth Invasive Plants Project
Highlands – Restoring the Blanket Bog of Flow Country
Kent – Medway Smile Chalk Habitats Project
Lancashire – South Pennines Grassland Network
Lincolnshire – Chalk Streams Restoration in Lincolnshire
Norfolk – Safeguarding Roydon Commons Mires
North Lanarkshire – The Slamannan Bog Restoration Project
North Wales – Alun & Chwiler Living Landscapes Project
Shropshire – River Clun Recovery Project
Suffolk – Restoration of Coastal Reedbeds
Yorkshire – Reconnecting the Outer Humber Phase 2

Total: £2,651,459

Biodiversity Action Fund – Land Purchase

Blue House Farm – Essex Wildlife Trust
Boyton Marsh – RSPB
Churnet Valley Buffers – RSPB
Copper Hall Farm – Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Eycott Hill – Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Fackenden Down – Kent Wildlife Trust
Fingringhoe Wick – Essex Wildlife Trust
Hesketh Marsh – RSPB
Meadow Farm Extension – BBOWT
Mount Pleasant Farm Dunwich Heath – The National Trust
Princethorpe Woodlands Extension – Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Seasalter Extension – RSPB
Securing Nemo Down – Kent Wildlife Trust
Shawside – Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Stiperstones Back to Purple – Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Woodhall Spa Airfield – Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Total: £3,972,780

FCC Heritage Fund

National Churches Trust 2015
Buckinghamshire – Adstock St Cecilias Church
Cefn Coed Colliery Museum
Coventry Cathedral
Essex – Stow Maries Aerodrome
Kent – Upper Stoke St Peter & St Paul
Kirkby Thore – St Michael Church
Lancashire – Radcliffe Tower Ruins
Lincolnshire – Grantham St Wulframs
Lincolnshire – Halton Holgate St Andrews Church
Lincolnshire – Somersby St Margaret
Llangollen Dinas Ruins
Norfolk – Denver Windmill Restoration
Nottinghamshire – Worksop Gatehouse
Rusholme Holy Trinity Church
Staffordshire – Leek St Luke’s Church
Warwickshire – Warwick St Mary
Warwickshire Dunchurch St Peters Church

Total: £1,457,783


Green Business Network 2015 Block Grant
YWS – Skelton Grange 2014

Total: £25,319


The LCF was introduced in 1996 as a way for landfill operators to voluntarily contribute to community, biodiversity and heritage projects around landfill sites by claiming a credit against their Landfill Tax liability. Since then, the fund has provided more than £1.4 billion to over 52,500 projects.

How the LCF works has changed over the years and in 2011 it was asked to change again. In order for funding to reach projects quicker, the government challenged the LCF to reduce the amount of unspent funds within the scheme by March 2014. The LCF failed to reduce the fund by the required 25%, achieving only a 17% reduction.

The government acknowledges that the scheme provides important funding opportunities for communities. However, it also wants to ensure that funding is distributed as quickly and efficiently as possible and concluded that reform was needed. In Spring 2015 HMRC issued a consultation to seek views on proposals to reform the LCF. Considerations included initiatives to improve the flow of LCF funding, removing barriers which could delay funding and reducing unnecessary bureaucracy.

It is clear that change is needed and change will happen. It is likely funding will be allocated and spent on projects within shorter timescales and projects needing longer term funding will need to be phased.

The outcome of the consultation process is unlikely to be implemented until Spring 2016. However WREN will be changing some of the processes involved in funding projects over the coming months in readiness of this reform.


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Manor Farm
NR16 2RX

Telephone: 01953 717 165
Fax: 01953 718 202