A Swift and Bat Conservation project in Medway has received Funding from Kent Community Foundation.

A project to develop nesting areas for swifts and bats which will help to educate the pupils of Abbey Court School in Strood about the environment, received a grant of £1,000 from Kent Community Foundation towards the installation of a swift tower.

The swift and bat conservation initiative forms part of a larger farm project at Abbey Court School, to create an outdoor classroom, a farm office, a stable block, a livestock and feed barn, a horticultural area with polytunnel, and areas for chickens, rabbits, pigs, birds, bats, bees, insects, and wildlife. Abbey Court School educates 175 pupils between the ages of 3 and 19, all with severe and profound learning difficulties. Many pupils have life limiting and life-threatening conditions.

The funding towards an Abbey Court swift nesting tower is one example of the type of environmental project that a new Kent Community Foundation, Fund for the Environment, is looking to support.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “Kent Community Foundation has been supporting environmental projects in the county for many years. This year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary by introducing a Fund for the Environment so that we can fund more environmental projects that improve local spaces and encourage more sustainable ways of living, understand the link between poverty of life and poverty of environment and aim to improve the most affected communities.”

The new Kent Community Foundation Fund for the Environment brings together individuals and companies who are interested in a better future for everyone across Kent and Medway. The Fund will embody the ‘think global, act local’ sentiment and facilitate change by supporting projects which enrich nature, connect people with green spaces and enable more sustainable and healthier ways of living in Kent and Medway.

Apply for funding for your environmental project here

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Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

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