Several projects have been launched to encourage bio diversity in an East Lancashire village.

Floral planters and grass verge wildflowers are two schemes introduced in Cliviger this summer, funded through the Scottish Power Renewables Coal Clough Windfarm Benefit Fund, using surplus funds from the Covid lockdown.

A survey of the village, by Cliviger Parish Council, which administers the fund, resulted in the environmental project along with the restoration of milestones, boundary stones and ancient crosses, which is near completion.

A circle of modern crosses is earmarked for Mereclough Memorial Garden to reflect the ancient originals.

Four planters supplied by a nursery have been installed around the village, at Hillcrest Avenue, Burnley Road by the garage, and two in the Holme Chapel Memorial Garden.

The two in the garden are part of a wider project in conjunction with an independent community garden group.

The stone wall and path in the garden is also being restored, after the parish council established it was responsible for its maintenance.

The Scottish Power fund is open annually to individuals and organisations who will benefit the residents of Cliviger.

Grants of up to £10,000 can be applied for. There is also a smaller fund, where up to £500 can be sought for community ideas.

The parish council is made up of volunteers and welcomes ideas, via the clerk, for projects using any surplus funds.