Northumbrian Water is appealing to customers involved with environmental projects to apply for a share of its annual £25,000 Branch Out fund.

Available grants support community creations aimed at reconnecting residents with their environment, intensifying resilience, and offering benefits to their water, wildlife, and inhabitants.

Applications for the fund must align with Northumbrian Water's wildlife guidelines of linking up habitats, creating new areas for wildlife to use, or finding ways to reconnect people with the natural world around them.

They must also reach at least two additional criteria, including enhancements to water quality, engagement with local communities, protection for vulnerable areas against storm events, boosting natural defence against climate change, or conducting scientific research.

Helen Jacobs, conservation team leader at Northumbrian Water, said: “A healthy natural environment is essential to supplying top quality drinking water. We know we need to improve biodiversity and work with our local community.

“You can apply for anything from £1 to £25,000 and the Branch Out team will carefully consider all applications before letting the successful projects know. I urge people who are already involved or who have a good idea, to take the time to look at the guidance notes and entry criteria.”

Applications will be accepted until February 29.