Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lottery Funds Go to Seed—but in a Good Way

Groups of young children in County Tyrone, Ireland, were busy planting seeds earlier this week for the for the Benburb District Community Association’s bluebell walk. The seed planting project is part of the £10.5 million Grow Wild campaign—a four year programme funded by the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Big Lottery fund.

Community group representative, Damian Mullan, said: "It was a brilliant day and everyone, young and old, had great fun."

The group hopes the project will help young people take more interest in, and develop a better understanding of, their environment.

"It’s really exciting seeing people enjoying their local environment and learning about the area at the same time," Mullan said.

Joanne McDowell, Big Lottery Fund Northern Ireland director, said: :Grow Wild is about making connections. Connecting people with nature, connecting people with the places where they live, and connecting people with each other across generations."

The Big Lottery Fund distributes 40% of the money the UK National Lottery sets aside for good causes. The money is used to provide assistance to community groups and projects that are believed to have a positive impact on health, education, and the environment.

The National Lottery recently produced a short animated film to try and make people more aware of all the ways lottery funding gives something back to UK communities.  The Just Imagine Life without National Lottery Funding video was released last week on YouTube and has already clocked-up  nearly 30,000 views.