A RURAL community’s plans for a new eco-village hall have been helped by a £20,000 grant.
Leading the way is a contribution of £20,000 towards the money for the hall for Bardon Mill and Henshaw parishes has come from Northumberland National Park Authority’s sustainable development fund grants panel.
Its innovative design includes an earth “living” roof.
Grants panel member John Hartshorne said: “Green roofs serve several purposes, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, and creating a habitat for wildlife.”
£15,000 for the project has also been approved by the Northumberland Uplands New LEADER Approach, but the hall’s fundraisers need a further £334,000 from the BIG Lottery Fund.
Grants panel member Dr Elizabeth Stockdale is hopeful that the remaining funds can be secured.
She said: “What really impressed us was the involvement of young people right from the start.
“We hope that they will continue to be a part of this exciting venture as it goes forward.”
The panel also approved £5,000 towards the low carbon refurbishment of Gilsland Village Hall and £2,500 for the Bellingham Blast cycling event, which will take place on September 24 and 25.
Cheryl’s Catering in Haltwhistle was awarded £2,000 to help towards expanding the business into new premises, which will lead to training and job creation opportunities.
The latest grant approvals coincide with the publication of the sustainable development fund annual report for 2010/11.