Two Cumbrian wildlife charities celebrate funding win

18 March 2024

Eden Rivers Trust receiving Persimmon cheque

Penrith District Beekeepers Association and Eden Rivers Trust have welcomed donations from our Lancashire region.

The two charities, both based in Penrith, successfully applied for funding through our Community Champions initiative.

Our Lancashire Managing Director Anthony Mansfield this week joined Westmorland and Furness Councillor Lorna Baker to present cheques for £4,000 and £1,000 respectively.

Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative is open to all local charities, clubs and community groups seeking new funding with winners awarded between £1,000 and £6,000 every quarter.

Margaret Riches, Chair of Penrith & District Beekeepers Association, added: “We’re delighted to receive the support from Persimmon Homes which will be so useful for developing the work with our bees in the future.

“Funds will go toward the construction of a path in an orchard where the Long Hive that we purchased last year is sited. We are also concerned about the impact that the Asian Hornet will have on the survival of our colonies, and protective equipment will need to be bought.”

Elizabeth Radford, CEO Eden Rivers Trust said: “Thanks to this donation, we’ll be able to provide more opportunities for local residents to get involved with our accessible community tree nursery in Penrith this year.

“It will help us realise our vision of creating a fully accessible ‘doorway to the world of conservation’ in the town centre where everyone is welcome. People can visit the nursery to enjoy some fresh air and company, while learning how to grow native trees, all on their doorstep!”

Lorna Baker, Councillor for Eden and Lyvennet Vale, said: “Westmorland & Furness Council is pleased to see Persimmon Homes supporting local community organisations and commends the beekeepers who are contributing magnificently to maintaining pollinators across our very rural area.”

Anthony Mansfield, Managing Director at Persimmon Homes Lancashire commented: “Sustainability is a key pillar of our business, and I am delighted to support both Penrith Beekeepers and Eden Rivers Trust with donations from our Community Champions scheme.

“It is brilliant to see local charities supporting and enhancing Cumbria’s stunning natural environment. I wish both every success for the future and look forward to seeing the positive impact their work has in the local area.”

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