SDF Projects previously undertaken

Grant Recipient

Key project outputs

Project outcomes

Malvern Wells School
  • Purchase of garden equipment including raised beds and a shed
  • Garden club set up
  • Children learnt how to grow fruit and vegetables
  • Promoted healthy eating/lifestyle
  • Children learnt about recycling water and composting
Colwall Car Club
  • Purchase of 2 electric bikes for hire, including accessories and insurance
  • 29 people signed up to the bike loan scheme, 2 in conjunction with Colwall Car Club
  • 3 people purchased electric bikes after trials
  • Electirc bikes made available for hire enabling people to make informed decisions before buying
  • Reduced car usage, and therefore reduction in carbon footprint
  • Promotion of Colwall Car Club through the bike scheme
Sight Design Limited
  • Production of 24 mk3 transition energy monitors and guidance on usage
  • Energy packs made available to public through local library
  • Reduced use of energy and water
  • Reduction in carbon footprint


Ledbury Area Cycle Forum (LAF)
  • Cycling website set up – www.comecycling
  • Assitance in setting up cycle hire scheme
  • Reprint of Malvern Hills AONB cycle map
  • Visitors able to quietly enjoy the AONB using sustainable transport
  • Provision of cycle tourism information for visitors
  • Promotion of rural tourism providers
Youth Support Services
  • Development of skills and knowledge base amongst young people who want to work in rural industries
  • Exploration of opportunities for young people to work in the rural/environmental economy
  • More young people able to apply for rural employment
  • More local businesses aware of potential for employing young people
The Cotswolds & Malverns Transport Partnership
  • A new guide promoting the AONB to users of the Oxford-Hereford rail line
  • More visitors to the AONB arriving by sustainable transport
Colwall Parish Council
  • 13 members of local community trained in orchard survey techniques
  • 41 local orchards surveyed for wildlife interest
  • Community orchard identified
  • Greater awareness of value of local orchards
  • More community engagement in management of key AONB habitats
Worcestershire County Council
  • Stock-proof fencing installed at St Wulstan’s Local Nature Reserve
  • Sustainable management (through grazing) of local grassland
Worcestershire County Council
  • Widespread promotion of a community transport service (Sphere Taxis)
  • Greater social mobility for young and old
  • Fewer private cars on the road
Caves Folly Nurseries
  • Purchase of a tractor and wood processor
  • Increase in sale of local logs as fuel to domestic and retail outlets
  • Reduced carbon footprints
Malvern Hills Coppice Network
  • Purchase of coppicing equipment for use by volunteers
  • Training and insurance for volunteers
  • Production of promotional materials
  • More people involved in AONB management
  • Better management of local woodlands
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Stock fencing and gates installed at Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve
  • Sustainable management (through grazing) of high value grasslands
England’s Past for Everyone (working with Forestry Commission, Herefordshire Council and Earth Heritage Trust)
  • Geological and archaeological survey of Frith Wood (near Ledbury)
  • Production of a new trail guide
  • Installation of 2 interpretation panels
  • Greater use of Frith Wood as a recreational resource
  • Greater understanding of the importance and past uses of Frith Wood
Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
  • Provision of conservation management advice to 12 land managers
  • 450 ha of land entered into Entry Level Stewardship
  • Improved stewardship of AONB land
Bulmer Foundation
  • Bursary support to enable x students to complete a Masters Level programme in Sustainable Development Advocacy
  • Students working with businesses and organisations in the AONB to improve sustainability
  • Improved sustainability in organisational practices
Malvern Hills Coppice Network
  • Establishment of a full time trainee coppice worker based in the Malvern Hills area
  • Better management of local woodlands
  • Increase in local skills and knowledge base