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Mercia Park Community Fund revisited – Coneyberry Millenium Green Trust

IM Properties’ Mercia Park is a high-quality 238-acre employment park being created at Junction 11 of the M42 which includes a new 2.94 million sq ft global parts logistics centre for Jaguar Land Rover and a 450,000 sq ft sustainable logistics hub for freight forwarder DSV and is estimated over the long term to support up to 3400 jobs. To coincide with this development, IM Properties set up the £350,000 Mercia Park Community Fund to have a positive social value impact on the communities surrounding its scheme.

The grants of up to £5,000 are being primarily directed at projects which strengthen communities or improve the natural environment. Projects which have been successful range from a green gym to an organisation looking to support postoperative cancer patients.

IM Properties have been revisiting some of the Mercia Park Community Fund projects, managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, to see the positive impact the grants are making. We most recently caught up with Elizabeth Ellis, Chair of the Coneyberry Millenium Green Trust, to find out how the £2000 grant awarded from the Mercia Park Community Fund to reinstate a community pond, has benefitted the local community and wildlife.