The company that operates Sellafield nuclear power station will donate £460,000 to local environmental projects.
The company’s Social Impact Multipride (SiX) program has already awarded West Cumbria Rivers Trust £229,000 for its ‘People on the Keekle’ scheme at Longlands Lake, near Cleator Moor. are donating.
It has now donated a further £463,600 to extend work to Dove Beck near Keechle Pond and Myrehouse Pond in Whitehaven.
The West Cumbria Rivers Trust welcomed the funding, saying it would benefit both people and wildlife.
Eirini Etoimou, Sellafield’s Head of Corporate Sustainability, said the program was “sustainability in action”.
The company says previous projects have provided volunteering opportunities, improved wildlife habitat and stabilized the River Eyen.
It added that “significant” restoration work was being carried out at Dove Beck to improve habitat and water quality, improving access and a forest school was planned for Meerhouse Pond.
Jody Mills, chief executive of West Cumbria Rivers Trust, said she was “really delighted” with the funding, which will benefit wildlife and people visiting “the wonderful green spaces that are at the heart of our communities”. He said it would bring about.
Sellafield’s environmental manager Martin Clough said it was also good to see the station’s environmental team taking part in “volunteer opportunities around the project”.
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