Community groups around the Lancaster district have benefited from funding awarded by United Utilities.
United Utilities made grant awards totalling £3,445 as part of an £18m sewer improvement project currently under way in Lancaster city centre.
The scheme – aimed at cleaning the River Lune and improving Morecambe’s bathing waters – has led to major disruption around the city’s one-way system and is expected to continue for several more weeks.
Dawn Harrington, United Utilities project manager, said: “We’re committed to working with the community of Lancaster.
“We know that all the work taking place to improve the sewer network, particularly in the highways, can be a real pain and we want to put something back into the area to say thank you for people’s patience and understanding.”
Lancaster Tennis Club received £595, which will be used to buy new equipment.
“United Utilities supports clubs that improve and develop young people in fitness and social skills,” Dawn said.
“Lancaster Tennis Club is local to the project and their request for equipment at a cost of £595 is one way in which we can help the local children.”
The Gregson Community Association Ltd was awarded £1,000, which will go towards planting new trees in the area.
“The project will provide an area for local residents and children to play and walk around in a safe and colourful environment” said Dawn.
“We are proud to sponsor the 18 trees that are due to be installed for £1,000.”
Bolton-le-Sands community playground was also awarded £500 towards four picnic tables and The Birchall Trust received £350 towards its work supporting children and young people who have experienced rape and sexual abuse.