Landfill firm aims to transform Ironville marsh into beautyspot

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A project to improve a floodplain grazing marsh at Ironville known as Erewash Meadows Nature Reserve can go ahead thanks to The Veolia Environmental Trust.

Landfill and waste management company Veolia has awarded Derbyshire Wildlife Trust a grant of £15,354 towards their project, which aims to enhance the habitat for the benefit of sheep, cattle and birds, including many identified as a priority in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP).

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Funding Development Officer Peter Lee said: “We are delighted that we have been awarded this grant. The improvements will transform the grazing marsh for the benefit of sheep and cattle, while providing feeding and nesting sites for birds. The project will also benefit the visitors to the reserve, encouraging them to engage with its wildlife and environment.”

The grant was awarded at the company’s quarterly board meeting on June 9 when 54 grants totalling over £1.4million were awarded to community and environmental projects across the UK.

This grant total represents our commitment to making a difference to the environment and communities, and people of all ages and backgrounds.

Veolia award grants through the Landfill Communities Fund and since it was established in 1997 it has awarded a total of £3,297,775 to 67 community and environmental projects in Derbyshire.

It will now start the process of working with the wildlife trust to finalise the details of their project including its start date so it can get up and running as soon as possible.

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust Paul Taylor said: “We are pleased to be able to help this important project. As we only have a limited amount of funds to distribute every quarter to community and environmental projects from all over the UK, our funding process is a competitive one. Therefore, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s success needs to be seen as a real achievement. We look forward to seeing the work start and the improvements take shape.”