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Fifth year of educational support from Dow

Friday 01 May, 2015

For a fifth consecutive year, The Dow Chemical Company (DOW) operations at King’s Lynn has committed to support Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s (NWT) education programme for schools and families in the local area.

This annual pledge has helped towards funding a school engagement programme in which nominated primary schools, Brancaster school and Middleton primary school, will have the opportunity to learn all sorts of wildlife knowledge in an engaging and practical way, both inside and outside the classroom, with visits to NWT nature reserves planned.

Dow has also supported NWT’s Gaywood Valley Living Landscape project in west Norfolk: sponsoring work on a newly purchased nature reserve, the Delft, in 2010; sponsoring events and practical conservation tasks where local volunteers have improved habitats for wildlife and for people, with activities such as coppicing and path creation.

Chief Executive of NWT, Brendan Joyce said: “We are delighted to have this continued support from Dow to ensure that we can provide a top-quality educational programme for people of all ages. Working with primary schools will help to inform and hopefully interest the next generation in protecting their local area for years to come, whilst an additional focus on practical conservation tasks will continue to promote this positive message. We are very pleased with the response that these events have received so far.”

Site Leader, Dow Kings Lynn, Julian Beresford-Peirse said: “During the last five years of our partnership with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, without doubt it is this programme which takes pride of place from an environmental perspective, designed to encourage employee and community participation in environmental projects.  More than any other, it’s perhaps this programme that has helped Dow to promote the benefits of environmental stewardship, not just within the site, but beyond into local schools.”

In April, Dow in King’s Lynn won the Contribution to the Community award at the West Norfolk Mayor’s Business Awards.

Julian continued: “We are very pleased that as recent winners of the 2014 Education Awards, ‘Environment’ Category, Middleton VC Primary, together with Brancaster C of E school, will work closely with NWT in 2015, to encourage awareness of natural habitats, protecting wildlife and landscapes.”
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