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Grant joy for Buxton wildlife reserve improvements

A project to improve the habitats found at the Wye Valley Nature Reserves near Miller's Dale Station, Miller's Dale, Buxton, can go ahead thanks a funding boost from The Veolia Environmental Trust. We have awarded Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, which runs the reserves, a grant of £26,662 towards the work.

The main aims of the project are to improve the grazing management of grasslands, upgrade the footpath network and educate people about the reserves’ ecology.

The Wye Valley reserves include Miller’s Dale, Chee Dale and Priestcliffe Lees. They are of international importance for their ash woodland and limestone grassland. In the spring and summer the reserves are carpeted with wildflowers, including several orchid species, the nationally rare Jacob’s ladder, cowslips and wild thyme.

The grant was awarded at our quarterly Board meeting on 20 January 2014, when 77 grants totalling almost £2.5m were awarded to community and environmental projects across the UK.

The grant total is a record amount for us since we were set up in 1997. It represents our commitment to helping as many compliant projects as possible, in turn improving the quality of life for tens of thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as the environment.

We award grants through the Landfill Communities Fund and in the last five years we have awarded £779,230 to projects in Derbyshire.

We will now work with the Wildlife Trust to finalise the details of their project, including its start date, and get it up and running as soon as possible.

Funding Development Officer, Peter Lee, says, “This grant is brilliant news. It means we can push the project forward and get on with these much-needed improvements for the reserves.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, says, “This is a great start to 2014, both for us and the projects we have awarded grants to. This scheme will improve the reserves for the benefit of the environment, wildlife and the people who visit and enjoy them. I look forward to seeing the project start and take shape.”