COMMUNITY and voluntary groups with green ideas are being invited to apply for cash to help tidy up the town.

Redditch Borough Council has released a second round of funds - given to it from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - for community and voluntary groups to take local action in their community, high street, and town centre.

Community and voluntary groups with an idea for projects to improve the cleanliness of the local area can bid for up to £300 with consideration given for projects up to £1,000.

Councillor Brandon Clayton, whose portfolio covers environmental services, said: “With the current climate change emergency it is not good enough to just sit back on our laurels.

"This problem will not go away by itself and we all have a part to play when it comes to our environment. We had some excellent projects come out of the last round of funding with many local groups taking on the challenge of caring for their local patch.

"I urge as many groups as possible to get involved in the next round, whether that’s seed planting or litter picking – it all goes a long way to make a difference.”

This funding is being administered on behalf of the council by Bromsgrove and Redditch Network (BARN).

Interested groups can apply here:

The bidding will open at 9am on Monday, January 13 and close at noon February 10.

Successful bids will be informed by 6 March.