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 revisited 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. First up is the Orchard Allotment Society which received £4000 to fund new sheds and we sat down with local resident and allotment member, Peter Gale, to find out more.