A helping hand for wildlife
A builders’ merchants is helping to the lay the foundations for the future of wildlife in the North Pennines after investing in a project that is dedicated to looking after the area’s plants and animals.
S&A Builders’ Merchants, who are based in Barnard Castle and Crook, has donated £1,000 to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership’s WildWatch project.
This is the third and final year of the Heritage Lottery Funded project and the donation from S&A will support the development of three new wildlife groups, the purchase of wildlife tracking and monitoring equipment and a residential course for A-level students this summer.
Helen Hambleton, the AONB Partnership’s Corporate Relationships Officer, said: “We are thrilled that we have S&A Builders’ Merchants on board. Sponsorships for our work is always welcome but when it’s a local firm, whose employees and families have a vested interest in the North Pennines, it makes the collaboration between us even more meaningful.”
WildWatch North Pennines a project to encourage and help people to record wildlife in and around the North Pennines AONB, helping to conserve biodiversity.
The initial plan of the project was to get 5,000 records to feed into regional and national databases to gain an understanding of the state of nature in the North Pennines. But with months to go the project has achieved over 15,000 records, with a view to making it to 20,000 by the end of December.
Simon Pelly, Group Sales and Marketing Manager at S&A Builders’ Merchant, said: “As a business located in the North Pennines serving the rural community we wanted to support something that could have a long term effect on future generations but also something that is important to our staff and their families.
“The newly renovated Bowlees Visitor Centre is a fantastic base for people to explore this fantastic region and by supporting the WildWatch project S&A hope that the countryside will be protected and enjoyed by both young and old.”
To celebrate the culmination of the WildWatch project there will be a final project celebration at the Town Hall in St John’s Chapel in Weardale on October 18 and on November 15 there will be an array of wildlife and landscape inspired activities at Bowlees Visitor Centre.
Helen said: “It’s great to have S&A Builders’ Merchant on board and we hope the relationship will be long-lasting and fruitful for both parties. We’ve already had great success with Addisons Estate Agents, who helped us buy 50 bird and mammal homes which have been put in around the centre.
“But, with national funding so tight, and our desire to work more closely with the local community we are always looking for new partners and would be happy to have a chat with any companies who are looking to make nature part of their business. And as well as being able to help make the future a better place for everyone, we can also offer some hands-on conservation tasks for their employees.”
Released: 17 July 2014