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Carsington water to benefit from a new outdoor classroom

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 10, 2012

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MORE than £8,000 has been given to a wildlife charity to spend on wetland habitats and a new outdoor classroom at Carsington Water.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has been given £8,317 by the charitable arm of recycling giant Veolia Environmental Services Plc to fund the project, which will give visitors a chance to try out more activities.

The award, which is made in support of The Wildlife Trust’s Explorers Project, will provide volunteers and trainees with an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through the new facilities which will be placed by the reservoir at Carsington Water Visitor Centre.

Nature-based activities that will be on offer could include practical habitat management and wildlife identification, as well as traditional rural skills and bush-crafts.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Marketing and Resource Development Manager, Jane Proctor, says, “It’s great that The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded this grant and we look forward to working with them to develop and undertake a scheme that will result in improved wetland habitats for local wildlife, and a valuable learning area for the community.” Executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, McNabb Laurie, said: “This is great news for Derbyshire, we look forward to the scheme starting.

“Our Board rigorously assessed all of the proposals and supported this scheme because they felt it met our objectives and it demonstrated that it would create and enhance a valuable habitat in line with local biodiversity plans and create a fantastic outdoor space for community engagement.

“It is important to remember that these grants would not have been possible without the Landfill Communities Fund and specifically the landfill tax credits generously provided by Veolia.”

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