This grant will help us to deliver volunteer opportunities within the community, which is a great way of involving the community with local environmental improvement projects.”
The National Trust and Wear Rivers Trust are the latest beneficiaries to receive support from the Esh-Stantec Communities programme.
The organisations were chosen to receive £1,000 each following visits by Esh-Stantec’s framework team in January, which led to successful discussions on the difference the funding could make to their projects.
David Pratt, Ben Clark and Francesca Madden of Esh-Stantec were given a tour of Wallington Hall near Morpeth by the National Trust’s Countryside Manager, Paul Hewitt. Mr Hewitt explained that the site is managed by a team of staff and volunteers, who help to ensure the location remains a special place for people looking for scenic walks and cycle paths.
“This project is to produce a story map for the Northumberland Rivers Catchment Partnership area,” said National Trust Fundraising Consultant Naomi Kinghorn.
“The story map is a catchment mapping tool produced by The Rivers Trust, which collates data from the catchment area to map out the current status of the landscape and define opportunity areas for water and wildlife improvement.”
Wear Rivers Trust:
The Wear Rivers Trust have a mission statement to conserve, protect, rehabilitate, and improve the landscape and watercourses of the River Wear catchment. Geared around community and Government agency involvement, the project runs from the watershed to the estuarine and adjacent coastal areas.
Volunteer Coordinator David Tompkins joined our framework team at Cong Burn in Chester-le-Street to explain the Trust’s work, including past and future projects.
Mr Tompkins said: “The Wear Rivers Trust is delighted that Esh-Stantec have offered us a grant of £1,000 through their Communities Fund.
“This money will help us to deliver a tree planting project along the River Wear, which once the trees are established, will help to provide an improved habitat for wildlife, their roots will stabilise fragile riverbanks and they will absorb carbon as they grow, which will help to reduce the impact of climate change.”