VILLAGES AND TOWNS CAN ACCESS GRANTS SCHEME THAT CONSERVES LOCAL FEATURES

A grant scheme to help protect local distinctiveness in the Evenlode Valley, West Oxfordshire, and the area around Tetbury in Gloucestershire has been extended to cover the whole of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The scheme which is run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board helps Cotswold villages and towns to conserve distinctive features such as wells and village pumps and install new features like milestones or gateposts.

Individuals, local organisations and parish councils can apply for funding of up to £10,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of the costs.

John Tabor, the CCB's Caring for the Cotswolds Project Manager, said: "This is a great opportunity to identify features in villages and towns that could benefit from a grant."

For more information e-mail John at john.tabor@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or call 01451 862000.