BRAINTREE Council has announced 14 applicants have been successful in winning a share of a special fund for community gardens and open spaces.

The fund was for groups aiming to create a community garden or open space benefitting the community.

The council received applications from a range of parish councils, charities and voluntary and community groups.

The planned projects include a community orchard, a wetland area and a mindfulness garden with a seating area. 

All the sites show a strong community value.

The projects also champion biodiversity and aim to create havens for wildlife, foster vibrant ecosystems and transform neglected spaces into beautiful sanctuaries.

The Community Gardens and Open Spaces project has received £37,705 from the Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Council stronger communities boss Mary Cunningham said: “We are delighted to have received so many creative and well thought-out applications for our Community Gardens and Open Spaces fund. 

“Community gardens and open spaces benefit not just the community but also the environment and biodiversity. 

“They offer spaces for local people to share a common goal and socialise, and also encourage environmentally-friendly practices such as rainwater harvesting and composting to preserve our environment.

“If there is a community garden near you, get involved, share your green vision and help us build an environment where nature and community thrive together.”