A cash injection for Coventry’s heritage, environment and nature is set to leave the city looking a lot healthier.

Coventry City of Culture Trust has received £100,000 of investment from the Garfield Weston Foundation (GWF) to support its Green Futures Programme.

The Green Futures Programme is a City of Culture programme that is designed to focus on the future of the city’s environment.

GWF is a family-founded grant-making Trust that has been supporting causes in the UK for more than 50 years.

It builds on £3 million investment from the National Lottery Heritage Fund into Coventry City of Culture Trust’ s plan to make a positive impact on nature, heritage and the environment of the city.

The support will go towards a variety of events in the programme including The Tides Within Us, which was announced in October as part of the first glimpse of the Coventry 2021 programme.

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As reported in the CoventryLive newsletter, in October, The Tides Within Us is a production that will combine audio storytelling and digital installations, visitors will be taken on an immersive journey through London Road Cemetery and Charterhouse Fields tracking the flow of oxygen through our bodies and the way this echoes the ecosystems of the natural world around us.

It has been created by leading digital artists Marshmallow Laser Feast and is being presented in partnership with Historic Coventry Trust, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Coventry City Council, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It is co-produced with York Mediale, an international media arts organisation.

You can read a full line up of the events that have been announced for City of Culture here.

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We aim to be responsible and sustainable when it comes to our programme and to reconnect people with the city’s heritage and natural environment.

“Our Green Futures Programme is being designed to do exactly this, and we are delighted to have received support from the Garfield Weston Foundation to support us in reaching our ambitions.”

Philippa Charles, Director of Garfield Weston Foundation, said: “We are very pleased to support Coventry 2021.

“It’s unusual for GWF to fund a time-limited project in this way but we believe the Green Futures Programme and The Tides Within Us will be a wonderful way of bringing together heritage, the natural environment and technology in way that has a lasting impact.”





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