Green projects aiming to improve the environment in the Liverpool city region have been granted funding of £500k.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced the 58 projects that will be funded by the Community Environment Fund.

The city hopes to improve resident health and work towards being net carbon zero by 2040.

Some of the named projects include community gardens, wild flowering, increasing bee populations, reducing food waste and encouraging cycling.

Mr Rotheram launched the Community Environment Fund to improve local and regional environment.

He said that handling the climate crisis was a top priority.

“I was proud that we were the first Combined Authority in the country to declare a Climate Emergency in recognition of the scale of the challenge we face,” he said.

The Community Environment Fund awards projects which tackle specific themes and issues.

These include air quality, green spaces, climate change, energy reduction – and more.

He added: “There were some fantastic projects put forward and I’m excited to see the impact they have over the coming months and years.”

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