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Seeded Number One

We are pleased to announce that the royalties on Vine House Farm sales earned by Suffolk Wildlife Trust for the financial year 2015 to 2016 is £2867.28. The total is made up from retail sales, wholesale sales and new customers buying direct from the farm. Our relationship with Nicholas Watts ( of recent Spring Watch fame) and  his family run farm which produces bird seed in the UK continues to go from strength to strength. Why not try their products when visiting Lackford Lakes visitor centre near Bury St Edmunds and look out for their new catalogue in your membership magazine.

Roots firmly in Suffolk -March 2016

Collier & Catchpole is an independent builders’ merchant, with business roots in East Anglia, going back almost 200 years. As builders’ merchants we are part of an industry shaping our living environment. This involvement, we believe, comes with a responsibility to also do what we can to safeguard the wildlife and rich landscape of our beautiful county. Collier & Catchpole in Colchester has supported the Essex Wildlife Trust for over 10 years and I have been a personal member of Suffolk Wildlife Trust for even longer. So signing up to support the work and vision of Suffolk Wildlife Trust was never a matter of if, just when. Now officially on board we look forward to being more involved and doing what we can to help promote Suffolk’s wildlife and landscapes for everyone to enjoy.”
Jasper Smathers – Manager – Collier & Catchpole Ipswich
 

Helping to build a wilder society - February 2016

Ipswich Building Society has been supporting the Trust with profits on the interest from it's We-Care Account for over 5 years. For 2015 the donation exceeded all previous years with over £4000 given to support our education work with young people throughbtout the county. A cheque was presented by Shelley Curtis of IBS to Michael Strand of the Trust at Foxburrow Farm Education Centre near Woodbridge.

New Gold level 'Investor in Wildlife' member - January 2016

The Waveney River Centre has continued its support for wildife in the Suffolk Broads by joining teh Trus's business membership scheme at Gold level. James Knight, owner of the award winning, 5-star luxury holiday lodges and riverside camping said 'Waveney River Centre is proud to support the work of Suffolk Wildlife Trust, whose Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve is visited on a daily basis by our customers. We hope that, through our partnership, our visitors with enhance their knowledge of the rich tapestry of wildlife within the Broads and that this will encourage them to support the work of the Trust in the future. up at the Trust's Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve'.

Rafi's Spice Box choose wildlife - December 2015

Rafi's Spicebox in Sudbury is donating all funds raised through plastic bag sales to the Trust. Although the business does not fall into the category where applying a plastic bag levy is required by law, their commitment to the environment is encouraging others to reuse and recylcle bags when they shop at their stores both in Suffolk and Yorkshire.

Center Parcs retains top UK biodiversity award - August 2015

Center Parcs was the first organisation to be awarded The Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark for all its sites since 2007 and following a rigorous audit at Center Parcs Elveden, it has achieved the accreditation again this year.

Awarded in recognition of Center Parcs continual efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment at its four holiday village across the UK, the pioneering Biodiversity Benchmark enables organisations across the country to assess the quality of their land management, improve their contribution to the environment and demonstrate their commitment to biodiversity. Similar to other standards for management systems, the Biodiversity Benchmark is composed of a set of detailed requirements which an organisation must be able to meet. Furthermore, it is the first truly recognised endorsement to acknowledge organisations who continually commit to biodiversity improvement.

Leader of the UK’s short break holiday market, Center Parcs champions the way forward for the natural environment within the UK tourist and leisure industry.

Center Parcs are long standing corproate members of Suffolk Wildlife Trust and charity partners across the UK.
 

Adnams bag for life - July 2015

Adnams have introduced a 5p charge on carrier bags issued at all of their stores with the charge being donated to Suffolk Wildlife Trust.  Before July Adnams encouraged customers to invest in an Adnams Bag for Life (£1), which is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and can be re-used and recycled..

Adnams carrier bags are 100% biodegradable and, because they are designed to be strong in order to hold heavy wine and beer bottles, they can be reused many times. However, they will not last as long as their new Bag for Life - which if it does get tatty or torn over time will be replaced free of charge.

Emma Hibbert, Adnams Marketing Director comments: “Our Bag for Life is Adnams’ latest initiative in our continuing commitment to minimising our impact on the environment. We’re delighted to be able to offer support to Suffolk Wildlife Trust by charging for our carrier bags at the end of June. I am confident that all our customers will appreciate what we are trying to do and support us by either bringing their own bags to our stores, by purchasing our new Bag for Life or by supporting the Suffolk Wildlife Trust each time they use one of our biodegradable carrier bags.”
 

 

Ipswich Building Society improve wildlife garden - June 2015

Thanks to the team from Ipswich Building Society who helped make further improvements to our wildlife garden at Brooke House. The sun baked down as they busied away - installing a new barn owl box camera cable, creating a Mediterranean bed for butterflies and resurfacing the bike shed! We kept them well watered and were delighted to discover a great crested newt in the process!

 

Pentalver supports South Suffolk nature reserve - May 2015

The ever growing nature reserve of Arger Fen & Spouse's Vale received a welcome boost this month when freight company Pentalver donated one of their containers to support the ground works required to manage this extensive nature reserve all year round. Giles Cawston, Reserves Manager said ' With  a secure store now on site our weekly volunteer team are much better equipped to make even more of a difference for local wildlife. A big thank you to Pentalver'.

Water tight support – April 2015

Jewson, Monk Soham branch have donated the roof materials for a newly funded shed at Brooke House, Ashbocking. The shed will house the Trust’s mid-week volunteer team trailer, an essential part of kit used to carry equipment and tools to undertake much needed practical conservation tasks throughout the county. A big thank you to Michael Lace (Branch Manager) and his team for their support.

Creating wildlife corridors – March 2015

Richard Fishenden, owner of Made by the Forge handcrafted Ironwork, has a passion for the countryside and all the fine things that go with it. His love for the environment led him to pledge support for tree planting projects with the Trust, the first of which started in 2011.

Richard says ‘We are delighted to be donating to Suffolk Wildlife Trust again to reinstate part of an ancient green lane at Arger Fen & Spouse’s Vale Nature Reserve. The purchase of trees, stakes and guards will reinstate this ancient boundary, an important part of our natural and cultural heritage’

This years supported project will provide the future seed source needed to restore this part of Suffolk into the furzy heathland it was well known for in the past.

Support remains hard as steel - January 2015

Each week Stuart Holland (team coordinator) and the Ipswich volunteer team head out across Suffolk to manage land for wildlife come wind, rain or shine, and having a trailer is key to getting all the necessary equipment out on site. Work stalled recently when the axle on the teams trailer broke. On calling A J N Steelstock, Stuart requested some replacement steel to build a new axle (he's a bit handy) only to find Alan had recently benefitted from some advice by Trust staff to manage his land for the benefit of wildlife. 'One turn deserves another' said Alan and gifted the steel by way of thanks.

Habitat Management at UK Power Networks substations

A collaboration between the Wildlife Trusts and UK Power Networks’ means that 15 of the larger substations in the East of England now have Habitat Management Plans. The plans support biodiversity by maintaining areas of natural habitat for local wildlife whilst complement existing stewardship schemes. Habitats include acid grassland, woodland, native hedgerows, undisturbed grassland and ponds with notable successes in the species discovered and the quality of habitat for a countywide target species, Great Crested Newt. Notable species recorded include Lesser Calamint (nationally scarce), Spring Speedwell (nationally rare), Adders Tongue, Southern Marsh Orchid and Twayblade Orchid.