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Help for wildlife from carrier bag levy

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Red squirrels can be seen at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest. Photo: Andrew WalterRed squirrels can be seen at Center Parcs Whinfell Forest. Photo: Andrew Walter

Cumbria Wildlife Trust was delighted to receive a donation of £4,397.44 from Center Parcs recently, raised by the carrier bag levy.

The charity is one of five Wildlife Trusts around the country to receive donations from Center Parcs, who raised the funds from their guests’ payment of the 5p charge for single-use plastic bags.

Michelle Waller, Senior Development Officer at Cumbria Wildlife Trust said: “We are very grateful to Center Parcs for this generous donation, which comes on top of their long-standing support for us – they have been corporate members of the Trust for 15 years. Their forest holidays are a great way for families to get close to nature and their local site at Whinfell Forest near Penrith is an excellent place to see the elusive red squirrel. It’s also home to a rare orchid called creeping lady’s tresses. This donation will help us to carry on our work of protecting the wildlife and wild places across Cumbria, including looking after habitats for important species such as these.”

Richard Watson, Landscape Asset Manager for Center Parcs said: “It felt right to donate our carrier bag levy funds to a charity which helps the environment and we know that Cumbria Wildlife Trust will make great use of this money. Our organisations have worked together for many years, sharing a passion and commitment for wildlife and ensuring that native Cumbrian species flourish and do so for many years to come.”

Center Parcs received a Biodiversity Benchmark Award for the Whinfell Forest site from the Wildlife Trusts, in recognition of their efforts to ensure that they have as positive an impact as possible on the local environment and its wildlife. More about the Biodiversity Benchmark Award

To find out how your business can play a part in ensuring we have a healthy natural environment to pass on to the next generation, contact Michelle on 01539 816300 or email michellew@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk.

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