The airport handed over a generous £2,350 to the Ware Town Partnership through its charity, the Stansted Airport Community Fund. The cash will buy new gardening equipment, including ladders, water systems and a trailer to move flowers and hanging baskets around the town.
Ware in Bloom volunteers received a cheque from Stansted Airport's Marcella M'Rabety at a special ceremony last Thursday (August 19) at one of the town's beautiful flower displays.
Jan Wing, Ware in Bloom organiser, said:
"Ware in Bloom is all about community and improving the town for all of our residents and visitors. The grant from Stansted Airport Community Fund will mean we can expand our efforts with equipment designed for this type of activity. This year we have managed to plant up over 100 planters and troughs around the town, and the displays are bigger and better than ever but without the additional equipment we had reached capacity - next year will be even better with new projects and areas targeted for improvement!"
Every year, Ware in Bloom summer projects take place from March to August, with volunteers, businesses and residents producing floral displays to brighten up the town. In 2009, Ware won a Silver Gilt and Most Improved Entry across the Anglia region for its efforts, but they are now aiming for gold in this year's competition.
Stansted Airport's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Marcella M'Rabety, added:
"The Stansted Airport Community Fund is delighted to support Ware in Bloom. This project not only enhances this beautiful town but it also improves the local environment and encourages the whole community to get involved. We hope this cash injection will help in the town's pursuit of gold at next year's Anglia In Bloom contest."
The Stansted Airport Community Fund is part of BAA Communities Trust, a registered grant-making charity. Applications are considered four times a year by a board of Panel Members made up from the airport and various local organisations. Members consider applications using their local knowledge to ensure the greatest possible benefit goes to the community.
In June the Fund pledged to donate a one-off £50,000 to a charity or community group involved in projects linked to education, the environment and employment. This was in addition to the £70,000 announced earlier this year.