Yarmouth charity’s Lottery boost

A GREAT Yarmouth charity has been given a timely financial boost after the Big Lottery Fund awarded more than �100,000 to help improve the environment in the town.

The Green Light Trust, in Great Yarmouth, which helps people with mental health problems engage with the environment, has received �111,315.

Sarah Moore, project leader for the Green Light Trust, said the cash would pay for four of the charity’s projects in the Yarmouth borough to create green spaces and help people who do not spend much time outdoors to engage with the natural environment.

The charity is working with mental health charity Great Yarmouth MIND to improve Bure Park and three other green spaces – in Suffolk Road and Pine Green in Gorleston, and St Nicholas playing field in Yarmouth.

Ms Moore said MIND users had been asked how Bure Park, off Caister Road, could be improved to make it a more appealing place people would want to come and visit. Seating could be installed in under-used areas, along with signs providing wildlife information.

The other three projects will involve creating public spaces in patches of unused grassland in built-up social housing estates by planting plants and flowers.

The Big Lottery Fund distributes cash raised for good causes by the National Lottery, and the funding for Norfolk projects was part of a �700,000 pot for good causes in Norfolk and Suffolk.