Zero Carbon Communities Grant funded projects

These are the projects that we have funded so far:



Cambourne Town Council 

Received £2,538 and planted 1,200 young trees and shrubs around the Great Cambourne cricket outfield in February 2020. Residents and pupils from Cambourne Village College helped the Town Council by volunteering their time to help with planting. 

Great Wilbraham Parish Council

Received £1,000 for phase 1 of their project which is to plant 6 standard Oak trees in the village. The project completion date was scheduled for mid-March 2021.

Histon & Impington Trees Action Group (known as HI Trees)

A person planting a tree

Received £6,500 to restore woodland that was destroyed in the A14 expansion project. 1,000 trees and 750 metres of hedges were planned for 2020 but the planting was delayed due to Covid. The project re-started on March 6 2021 with a low-key launch and with the use of a COVID-safe contractor were able to plant about two-thirds of the planned trees. They are aiming for community engagement in the maintenance of the trees and will do the final planting in Winter 2021 to 2022 with the help of the community. More information can be found on the Hi Hub webpage.

Orwell Benefice

Received £4,150 for their project known as the Orwell Living food bank. The project, which links local people using existing church-based food boxes to a programme that enables them to build local vegetable plots.  Despite difficulties caused by both the weather and lockdown, progress has been made in the ordering of fruit trees, planting of heritage seeds and the donation of tools and plants as well as linking in with all the food banks in the villages. The community café aspect of their project should open later in 2021. 

Whittlesford Parish Council

Received £3,611 to plant 80 trees to absorb carbon, increase biodiversity, and inspire residents to take climate change seriously. The 80 trees have been planted including a Native Hornbeam to celebrate the Village Hall’s 100-year anniversary.


A tricycle with a cargo area on top

Cambridge Cohousing

The cohousing community undertake environmental initiatives for the benefit of both the cohousing community and residents of Orchard Park. They received £5,000 and purchased and launched an electric cargo bike which is now in use by Orchard Park residents and local non-profit groups. The trike, which will soon be decorated in eye catching artwork to highlight climate change, has also been used in a community litter pick.

CycleStreets Ltd

Received £10,000 for a project to combine ‘PlanIt’, a national aggregator of Local Authority planning application data with ‘Cyclescape’, a site enabling local people to crowdsource long-desired changes to street infrastructure. The user-friendly website, known as StreetFocus is almost ready for launch and will auto-identify cases for planning gain.

Fen Ditton Parish Council

Received £1,500 for the installation of a cycle rack and a water fountain in Fen Ditton. The cycle rack has been installed and the water fountain is to be installed at the end of October 2021.

Great Abington Parish Council

Received £2,055 in round one for their project to reduce car round-trips from the Abingtons by switching to Electric Bikes through an Awareness-raising/promotional weekend and purchase of an e-bike for extended free trials by parishioners of Great Abington, Little Abington and Hildersham over a 12-month period. The e-bike scheme is proving to be very popular, being out on loan 100% of the time.

In round 2 they received further funding of £3,050 to Kickstart a commercial share-bike scheme with bikes and expertise provided by Cambridge Electric Transport.

Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton Community Rail Partnership

Received £6,500 for a double story cycle rack (30 bikes) including CCTV cameras and a cycle repair café at Meldreth Station. The cycle repair café is on hold until Covid restrictions are lifted. The rest of the project is complete.

Papworth Trust

Received £13,392 to provide Pop Up Bike Shops and Safe Cycling and Repair Workshops outreaching to local communities across South Cambridgeshire using a company called ‘Owl Bikes’ who support disabled adults to develop the practical skills of customer service, IT and bike mechanics. The Pop-Up Bike Shops and Safe Cycling and Repair Workshops have all been put on hold but will re-open soon once Covid restrictions are lifted. 

Teversham Parish Council

Received £14,477 for the Teversham Cycle Plan and now have four subsidised community e-bikes (‘bizbikes’) supplied by Cambridge Electric Transport with lockers across the housing estates and commuting nodes of the parish. Four further cycle stands have also been installed to serve Teversham village businesses, the school and social club. A Community Engagement Day took place on 24 October 2020 to raise awareness of the Cycle Plan and its environmental, economic and health benefits.

Waterbeach Cycling Campaign

Received £1,200 and with some additional funds from Waterbeach Parish Council, three sets of cycle stands have recently been installed in the centre of Waterbeach village with a campaign targeted at villagers to encourage them to cycle rather than drive to the village.  Publicity has been provided on the local Facebook page and the Waterbeach Cycling Campaign website.


Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Received £15,000 for their Net Zero Now, project-a new scheme to help train and support community climate leaders across the district. The programme, which will run from June until October 2021, will provide free training in effective carbon reduction strategies for local communities. 

Cambridge Sustainable Food

Received £15,000 towards their Food for Our Future campaign to raise awareness of the issues and encourage practical solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of food. The Campaign and Challenge was adapted to ensure it could still continue with the Covid restrictions in place. The online campaign launched on Saturday 24 October 2020 with a food waste challenge, cookery workshops, recipes, talks and storytelling-all to support families in reducing their food waste. They will also be running a community focused meat reduction campaign in early Summer 2021. 

Gamlingay Eco Community Group

Received £2,129 to offer plastic free alternatives with a monthly pop up shop offering a range of plastic free household products for the community to try for free then buy. Covid has delayed the launch of the pop-up shop but this should be opening very soon. They have also started to present online sessions on plastic pollution-the first of which took place in September 2020 when they met online with Gamlingay Brownies. Plans are to hold more sessions like this to various youth groups in the village. Find out more on the Gamlingay Eco Community Group Facebook page

New energy efficient lighting on the inside of the roof if Ickleton Village HallIckleton Village Hall committee

Received, £8,387 and in May 2020 replaced all the current lighting in the village hall with Low Energy equivalents.

Melbourn Parish Council

Received £6,000 for their project with Melbourn Village College to reduce single plastic water bottle usage by providing six anti-vandal water bottle refill stations on at Melbourn Village College. Pupils now regularly use the stations to refill their water bottles and continue to champion green initiatives in the school such as ‘Meat-free Mondays’.

Sustainable Cottenham

Received £2,520 and have already worked with Cambridge Sustainable Food with their Food Waste Challenge back in Autumn 2020. They are currently developing rest of their Eco Eats Campaign and festival to encourage sustainable eating and the urgent need to reduce the carbon footprint of food production, distribution and waste. The Eco Eats Working Group are hoping this festival will be feasible in Autumn 2021. They will also be helping with the Cambridge Sustainable Food’s ‘Food for our Future’ campaign in early summer. An Eco Eats recipe book is currently being developed too. 



Babraham Parish Council

Received £9,835 to help create a ‘Forest Garden’ to be located on approximately 0.7 hectares of Babraham Institute managed land for growing edible and usable produce.

Barrington Parish Council

Received, £2,037 and have started to create the ‘Barrington Community Forest Garden’ which will consist of 6 East Anglian fruit and nut trees, 10 berry and currant bushes plus other herbs and shrubs.

Eltisley Parish Council

Awarded £5,367 to create new woodlands to act as a carbon sink, improve the environment and create a green amenity space for the village to enjoy. 300 saplings have now been planted on the churchyard and the parish council plan to establish wildflower areas on 4 verges and entrances to the village to increase biodiversity.

Foxton Parish Council

Received £834 and will be working with Friends of Dovecot and Friends of Foxton Woods, to create seedbeds for more drought resistant wildflower species to grow in Dovecot meadow. Situated next to Foxton Primary School, the site is ideally located to enable the teaching of the history, ecology and biodiversity.

Gamlingay Parish Council

Received funding of £5,965 for the ‘Grow Gamlingay’ project which aims to steadily increase the tree canopy of Gamlingay Parish over the next 10 years. In year one they will plant 'A Tiny Forest' (600 trees in a 200 metre-squared area) and set up Gamlingay Tree trail and a community tree nursery.

Great Shelford Parish council

Received £5,750 to plant eight mature trees in their new play area (playscape) planned to be built on the recreation ground in 2021 and employ a tree consultant to:

  1. develop a planting guide for currently underutilised areas of the recreation ground
  2. identify any further tree planting sites around the village centre

Little Shelford Community Orchard and Woodland Project (SCOWP)

A newly formed group that received £3,165 to manage the planning, implementation, and maintenance of a community woodland/orchard on the land known as 'Blennies Patch' on behalf of the landowners (Little Shelford Parish Council).

Funding is for phase one of this two phase project, which has already started. Blennies Patch has been cleared and prepared, and 200 whips (to form hedgerows), nine apple trees, several small oaks and three silver birch trees were planted. Bird boxes have been put up and there have been sightings of barn owls, muntjac deer and grass snakes.

Little Wilbraham and 6 Mile Bottom Parish Council

Received £1,125 for all three phases of their project to plant 5 trees, create paths at the rec and the 'pits' and plant vegetation on verges around the village. They will be working with Wilbraham’s Environment Group on this project which forms part of a larger project known as 'Wilding the Wilbrahams' with Great Wilbraham.

Northstowe Horticultural Association

Received, £5,800 to create a community garden and orchard that can be used by all local residents to learn about growing their own fruit and vegetables. Find out more on the Northstowe Horticultural Association Facebook page

Sawston Parish Council

Received £2,792 to pay for a tree consultant to develop planting guides for 12 separate green spaces spread across Sawston Village and provide additional support for their community planting events. Funding will also be used for wildflower plantings to increase biodiversity. This project is being undertaken as a partnership between Sawston Parish Council and Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston (2G3S).



Received £2,000 to provide support, advice, resources and connections to enable South Cambridgeshire residents to organise, plan and apply for funding and traffic regulation orders for their local schools. This project, known as School Streets will reduce carbon emissions through fewer car journeys and reduced congestion during school start and finish times with the additional benefit of helping to create a safer environment for children at these times.

Cottenham Parish Council

Received £1,500 for the Installation of secure cycle stands at two community spaces-one at the North and one at the South of the village.

Fowlmere Parish Council

Received £2,690 to install 14 cycle stands in four key public locations in the village to promote and encourage cycling.

A row of electric bikes

Great Abington Parish Council

Received £2,055 in round one for their project to reduce car round-trips from the Abingtons by switching to Electric Bikes through an Awareness-raising/promotional weekend and purchase of an e-bike for extended free trials by parishioners of Great Abington, Little Abington and Hildersham over a 12-month period. The e-bike scheme is proving to be very popular, being out on loan 100% of the time.

In 2020 they received further funding of £3,050 to Kickstart a commercial share-bike scheme with bikes and expertise provided by Cambridge Electric Transport.

Milton Cycling Campaign

Milton Cycling Campaign received £15,000 to provide high quality cycle parking stands at key sites in Milton parish or on a habitual commuting route for Milton residents. By prioritising sites which will attract more cycle traffic, the grant money will be used to offer a reimbursement scheme for those organisations whose racks will get used often and have provided sufficient publicity on how to reduce routine car use in Milton.

Community buildings

St John the Evangelist Parish Church, Waterbeach

Received, £15,000 to install an air source heat pump, solar PV and an energy monitor in their Church room-a room constructed in 1970s to 1980s which is connected to the main Church and is well used by the local Community. The Church belongs to the Eco Church scheme under which publicity on the part of the Church is encouraged to demonstrate the benefits of “eco” initiatives. They will also make use of “Explore” days, Church Services and local events to demonstrate and communicate benefits as a way of informing the village community and encouraging people to take up “eco” developments.

Willingham Parish Council

Received £13,142 to install infra-red heating panels in their multi-use village hall (Ploughman Hall) which had no gas supply and relied on inefficient convection panels for heating. The panels are now installed, and they look forward to reduced heating costs and more efficient heating of the hall.


Community Buildings

Shepreth Parish Council with Shepreth Village Hall Committee

Will receive £9,495 for the installation of 12 solar panels and battery storage, allowing them to become 100% supplied by renewables. This will aid the community’s use of the hall and education around renewable energy.

Girton Parish Council

Awarded £15,000 for the installation of underfloor heating and a heating pump in their Pavilion. They plan to further engage the community through signage, their monthly newsletter, and through the school. The ZCC funding makes up part of the £25,294 budget for this project.

West Wickham Village Hall

West Wickham Village Hall have been granted £9,000 for their project to replace their gas boiler and electric convector radiators with infra-red heating panels. This will add to their transition to LED lighting and their future plans to fit a solar PV array. This will be communicated through their monthly village newsletter Village Voice. The Village Hall will contribute £5,759 on top of the funds provided by the ZCC grant, and West Wickham Parish Council will provide £1,000 additional funding for the project.


Willingham Parish Council

Awarded £4,161 to replace a 1000m2 weed bed with a wildflower meadow of varied grasses and perennials on the eastern edge of the QEII playing field. The project will sequester carbon and enhance the biodiversity of the area. Previously awarded £13,142 to install infra-red heating in the Ploughman hall, the group regularly engages with local volunteers and groups through surveys, nature trails and signposting. The project will be supplemented by £2,000 of their own funds and in-kind contributions.

Cambridge Past, Present and Future

Cambridge Past, Present and Future will receive £3,521 to coppice and restore two acres of woodland at Wandlebury Country Park. They will plant 50 new native whips to create deadwood habitats where wood will be left to rot down and sequester carbon. The remaining coppiced wood will heat their education centre and be sold locally. This project will involve 30 volunteers including those from another funded project, Headway Cambridgeshire. This work will educate their 100,000 park visitors, visiting schools, social media followers and newsletter recipients. They will self-fund an additional £1,355.

Little Shelford Community Orchard and Woodland Project

Having received £3,165 in Round 2 of the grant scheme, Little Shelford Community Orchard and Woodland Project is well underway. They will receive an additional £1,780 in this funding round to plant 11 fruit trees, hedgerows and at least 2 more cuts of wildflower meadow to create a wildlife corridor.

Great Shelford Parochial Charities

Awarded £4,610 for their project to landscape six acres of land to plant 22 mature native trees and 2,000 bulbs. These will be planted by volunteers for the enjoyment of the whole village. This project will increase biodiversity and raise awareness by engaging children and residents.

Fen Ditton Parish Council

Received £3,000 to plant 400 hedgerow whips and 33 trees on three areas of land in the area by community volunteers. The hedgerows will create wildlife corridors and increase biodiversity.

Headway Cambridgeshire

This charity has been awarded £5,000 to create a community orchard by planting and maintaining 40 organic apple trees and hedgerows at Fen End Lane Farm in Cottenham. The project will benefit from cookery sessions, a Horticultural therapist, and a Community Support worker. Apples grown will be donated to Cambridge Sustainable Food, another ZCC-funded project. Headway Cambridgeshire will fund £7,800 from their own reserves and donations.

Linton Parish Council

Linton Parish Council was granted £2,828 to create a central Community Orchard in the Village, and to add extra trees to the pocket park (often visited for educational purposes). 38 native trees will be planted to enhance biodiversity and canopy cover in the village. This project will be supported by the school, who will make bat and bird boxes and wildflower areas, and the local Tree Warden, who will carry out tree audits. The parish council will fund 20% of the total project costs.


Cambridge Sustainable Food CIC

As a previous recipient of ZCC funding in Round 1, Cambridge Sustainable Food CIC will use their £8,541 funding to put on various events and activities with the aim of encouraging a shift to more climate-friendly diets. This will include four live cookery demonstrations at the Fen Edge Festival in June 2022, Disco Soup and Climate Diet Assembly at Cottenham Primary School, Ready, Steady, Cook at a Community Centre and Café and two climate diet cookery workshops with Centre School.

Bassingbourn-cum-Kneesworth Climate Emergency Group

Awarded £2,860 to build and maintain a website alongside community engagement to educate and engage parishioners in climate change. They aim to encourage the community to make changes to their lifestyles to become Net Zero Carbon by 2050. This website will signpost individuals to support for individual behaviour change and will provide a Book Café alternative for those without a computer.

Northstowe Horticultural Association

Having previously received funding for their Tree Planting project in Round 2, Northstowe Horticultural Association received £10,000 to purchase and install a community building. This will be used as a community space for small meetings, and a storage space for gardening equipment. Northstowe Horticultural Association regularly engages community volunteers in sessions which educates both children and adults and promotes healthy, sustainable lifestyles, whilst reducing food miles and cutting down on waste.

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