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Council green grants help fund Eco Station for Horsham District

28 Apr 2021

Horsham District Council is delighted to announce that funding from its recently launched Community Climate Fund initiative is set to benefit a local outreach project to create a mobile educational Eco Station.

Local charity Sussex Green Living applied for a grant from the Council’s Horsham District Community Climate Fund and successfully received £5,000 to get their Inspiration Eco Station on the road.

Volunteers at the multi-award winning Sussex Green Living have created a unique environmental outreach project using a refurbished 1974 milk float. They plan to show local people that there is a 'Bright New Future' ahead.

The Inspiration Eco Station is a colourful and engaging mobile display that will travel to schools, colleges, faith groups and community events to share top tips on how residents can save money whilst reducing their negative impact on the planet. From tackling eco home and gardens, waste prevention and recycling, fast fashion to low carbon career opportunities, there will be lots of inspiring ideas and solutions to help people save money and live more sustainably.

Carrie Cort, CEO of Sussex Green Living, said:

"We are so grateful for all the support we’ve had for this project. It would not have been possible without the Council’s climate fund grant as well as another £5000 from the Welton Fund and the Nino Fund at Sussex Community. And, of course, the incredibly hard work, passion and creativity of our volunteers.

Universal Trailers in Coneyhurst have kindly agreed to donate the use of a trailer when events are beyond the float's range – it has been a real community effort

The Inspiration Eco Station is being launched in Horsham's Carfax on Saturday 15 May. It is also part of Sussex Green Living's Bright New Future Roadshow which will make its first public appearance on World Environment Day on 5 June at Amberley Museum. Using song, music, stories, poetry, environmental games and engaging displays the roadshow partners will share inspiring solutions.

About the Community Climate Fund

The Council launched the Horsham District Community Climate Fund in July 2020 to enable voluntary and community groups, as well as Parish and Neighbourhood Councils, to work on projects to reduce carbon and improve our local environment.

A new round of grant funding is now open, with the date for applications closing on14 May 2021.

Find out more and apply for funding