An allotments group in south east Northumberland was just one of the community projects awarded money from UK Coal last year.
During 2013, UK Coal awarded nearly £80,000 to community groups and worthy projects in Northumberland.
The money, from UK Coal’s community trust funds associated with Potland Burn and Butterwell surface mines, is set aside from coal sales and allocated to projects within close proximity of the sites.
Potland Burn surface mine in Ashington and Butterwell surface mine near Linton release funds every quarter to give to community groups and projects.
Beneficiaries of Potland Burn’s fund include Ashington Hirst Allotment Society who were awarded £8,500 from the fund in 2013, allowing them to create disabled access to the allotments and a community garden.
Potland also awarded £5,000 to Cambois Amateur Rowing Club which was put towards buying a new boat for the junior crews.
Site manager at Potland Burn surface mine, Peter Millar, said: “The UK Coal community trust funds are beneficial to lots of different groups and organisations.
“The money granted often improves the environment or the facilities available to groups with limited budgets and we believe these grants make a huge difference in our local area.”
Butterwell’s community trust fund has benefited organisations including Ulgham Village Sports Club and Ulgham Village Association.