WREXHAM council has announced the first recipients of this year’s Tidy Towns Grants, following submissions from community councils.

The successful bids so far total £71,000 and will see many of the county borough’s villages taking part in Wrexham in Bloom for the first time.

The rivers Clywedog and Gwenfro will be improved, as will footways and community areas in several areas.

Among those benefiting will be the Boating Lake in Moss Valley, which will be given £5,000 and Ty Mawr and Caia Park will get £2,000 of tree planting.

Cllr David Bithell, lead member for the environment and transport, said: “We were all very pleased to see so many community councils bidding for grants to improve their local environment and I look forward to visiting many of the schemes as the works progress.

“Particularly encouraging are the bids for the Wales in Bloom initiative, which is proving more popular every year. We are also in the process of finalising further bids to ensure our communities receive the maximum benefit from this grant money.”

A total of £121,073 was awarded from the Welsh Assembly Government under the Tidy Towns initiative and bids were requested from all 34 community councils in the county borough.

In addition to community grants, Wrexham Council has allocated a small proportion of the funds to central projects such as £1,000 to improvements in its country parks and providing “stubbies” on litter bins within the town centre.

The grant will be awarded for three years and community councils will be asked to submit bids for next year’s consideration in March.