A look back at our work with The Lancashire Wildlife Trust
29th September 2022
For a decade, EcoSpeed are proud to boast the work we have completed with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. We regularly donated 10% of our profits to their great causes, and by the end of 2021, we reached a donation milestone of £300,000.
Who are the LWT?
So, who are the Lancashire Wildlife Trust? They’re one of the 46 local trusts in the UK that take care of more than 2000 nature reserves. The trust was established in 1962 with the aim of protecting local wildlife, something it has continuously worked towards in the decades since.
A part of the trust’s work sees them purchase degraded land, and restore it to operate as a nature reserve, attracting many species of animal and plant. The work they do stretches further, as they have schemes and projects covering the protection and support of wildlife, as well as encouraging increased involvement from the public.
One of their projects is the Carbon Landscape Partnership, a scheme that aims to create and improve wild space in the urban areas of Wigan, Warrington and Salford. Specifically, this project is designed to create green space and habitats to allow for the safe movement and preservation of local wildlife through the North West.
Where does the money donated go?
Each delivery you made with EcoSpeed helped the Lancashire Wildlife Trust continue its vital efforts. Some of the areas of work your money helped fund include: conservations, ecotherapy, education and community. Here is a little more information on each one:
Lancashire has lost more than 80% of its sand dunes in the last 150 years, something they’re attempting to reverse. The Fylde Sand Dunes Project is a big example of where the donated money went towards. This ongoing work ensured the dunes were protected and improved to work better as a sea defence feature.
Ecotherapy is a type of activity that uses the environment as a tool to help people with issues concerning physical and mental health, as well as providing experience in new skills.
A great example of this project is Myplace. It’s operated by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. The programme consists of weekly sessions for those referred to it, where they’ll partake in activities with a trained staff member.
Since its launch, Myplace has helped more than 1,400 people, 95% of whom have said they felt benefits after the initial six weeks.
The education side of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust has a keen focus on encouraging children to connect with wildlife. The Forest Schools project provides primary school children the opportunity to spend time outdoors, with a focus on the development of confidence and teamwork.
Initially, these sessions take place in spaces such as the trust’s nature reserves, however, the scheme also encourages the construction of outdoor classrooms at each school, so the work can continue closer to home.
The Community projects are aimed at encouraging more local members of the public to enjoy and appreciate the natural world more.
An example of this is the My Wild City project, as this has the aim to encourage the development of Manchester into a city-wide nature reserve. This is done by working with the local community, encouraging those who live or work in and around Manchester to transform places such as open spaces and gardens into something more wildlife-friendly.
Why EcoSpeed chose to work with them
EcoSpeed were one of the first in the UK to be labelled, what is now widely known as, ‘eco-friendly couriers‘. It involves being aware of environmental issues; doing our bit in keeping Co2 emissions to a minimum and reducing our carbon footprint, and supporting Wildlife Trusts in the country.
We chose to work with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust because we wanted to take environmental responsibility for the unfortunate carbon emissions we produce through our line of work. The best way for a business to do this is by offsetting carbon emissions. This is something that can be done with many schemes around the world offering solutions.
Our aim is to be completely carbon neutral and being in the industry we’re in makes this a tough target to hit, but we’ve made great strides over the years thanks to our previous partnership with the excellent Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
If you would like to find out more information about the Lancashire Wildlife Trust you can view more on their website.
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