Grundon Waste Management and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) today celebrate 25 years of partnership – and over £3 million from the Landfill Communities Fund invested in Gloucestershire’s wildlife and wild places.
Over two and a half decades Grundon have supported investment in wildlife across the county – from bird hides, boardwalks, tree planting and meadow creation, to fences for livestock, volunteer tools, educational and visitor facilities.
Roger Mortlock, CEO of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust said:
“There are very few GWT nature reserves that haven’t felt the benefit of Grundon’s incredible support over 25 years. Through the Landfill Communities Fund and additional support they have helped us to look after wild places right across the county. It’s been great to work alongside a company that really shares our values and want to make such an important contribution to nature’s recovery.”
Recently funding has gone towards a new visitor hub at Crickley Hill, purchasing Laurie Lee Wood near Slad, renovating a 200-year old derelict barn at Greystones Farm into an education centre and creating healthy river habitats throughout the county for species such as water vole, brown trout and dippers.
Most recently, Grundon has been instrumental in funding a new welcome centre at Robinswood Hill, in Gloucester, home to GWT. The new visitor facilities were created in partnership with the City Council following consultation with local residents and visitors to this local landmark. Opened last year it is still to have a formal opening, but the café, volunteer and visitor hub are all now open for business.
Norman Grundon, Chairman of Grundon Waste Management, said:
“Waste management is not only an environmental concern, but also a community issue, which is why we passionately support the fantastic work GWT does in protecting both our local and global environment. We’ve been proud to help kick-start major appeals and enable land purchases – such as the home of the large blue butterfly at Daneway Banks. We look forward to continuing our support of GWT, protecting our wild places for the benefit of wildlife and people.”