12th October 2015: Nestlé Waters and The Wildlife Trusts have today announced the winners of this year’s Get Better with Nature campaign Community Grant. This is aimed at supporting community-based initiatives in the High Peak Borough of Derbyshire, to help make a difference to their local community and the natural environment.
The £2,500 fund is awarding one-off grants of up to £1,000, targeted at contributing to local initiatives which can deliver a real impact by improving the environment and helping people to understand and appreciate how nature can benefit the health and wellbeing of local communities and business.
The grant will be split between the following three local groups in the High Peak area:
Applications were judged by a panel of experts including the MP for the High Peaks, Andrew Bingham, alongside Nestlé Waters, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Buxton Advertiser and High Peak Borough Council.
Sian Chapman, Head of Communications and External Relations at Nestlé Waters, said: “It was a pleasure to read all the applications we received for the Community Fund and thank you to everyone who took the time to make a submission. It was hard to choose between them, but the winners all clearly showed how they plan to actively get involved and help others understand and benefit from the two way relationship between people and our environment
“Nestle Waters and the Wildlife Trusts launched the Get Better with Nature campaign to empower people across the UK to understand and enjoy nature’s benefits and, it is great that this grant will now allow even more people to enjoy and protect it”.
Andrew Bingham, MP for the High Peak, and one of the judges on the Community Grant panel said: “I was delighted to take part in the judging panel, which bought to life the fantastic projects we currently have ongoing in the High Peaks. It is great to see Nestle Waters, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and the community working together, to enhance and protect our local environment and I congratulate all the winners on their success. I look forward to seeing the how the projects will use the funding, and being involved again in this year’s campaign activities”.
Tracey Green, Director of Bright Opportunities, said: “We are so excited to be chosen as a winner of the Community Fund. After getting involved with the Get Better with Nature campaign through events such as the local Community Forum, we are happy to continue the relationship into our new project. These funds will support a new photography scheme for adults with learning disabilities, allowing them to capture and appreciate nature over walks and through our community allotment project.”
Lesley Musgrove, 3rd Buxton Scout Group Leader, said: “We’re really pleased to have the support of the Get Better with Nature campaign to help a new generation understand the value of nature. Our water management boat trips will aim to raise awareness amongst our Beavers of the Water Life Cycle and the issues raised by water pollution upon society today.”
David Carlisle, Chairman of Friends of Buxton Station said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to work with the Get Better with Nature campaign in pursuit of better conditions for our natural environment – we are very aware of the steps we can take to improve and this support has provided us with a great opportunity to make a real difference for the whole community.”
The community grant is part of the Get Better with Nature campaign, which was launched by Nestlé Waters and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust last year, following research which showed that while 93% of local Buxton residents understood the value of nature to society and health, nearly two-thirds of respondents thought this appreciation was being lost between generations.
The campaign, which is now in its second year, aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the benefits of nature to society and people’s health and wellbeing, with a focus on water. Last year, the project in the Buxton area worked with local schools as well as community groups and employees from Buxton’s Nestle Waters factory on activities such as woodland bulb planting, scrub clearing and enhancing wet meadows by spreading wild flower seed, and is this year back again to help get even more people involved.
Nestle Waters and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will be focusing this year on communities in Buxton and the Wye Valley, as part of a wider national roll-out of the campaign, running activities including health walks, environmental education and Forest Schools as well as encouraging people to take action for their wildlife with conservation activities such as tree seed collection, propagation, and tree planting. This will include developing a veteran tree seed nursery in partnership with Buxton University as part of a collaborative programme of activity.”
If you or your organisation, school or community group would like to take part in any of the activities or you would to learn more, please visit the dedicated website: www.getbetterwithnature.co.uk.