£2,500 boost for Buxton community projects to support environmental work

Andrew Bingham MP (second left) with campaign representatives.
Andrew Bingham MP (second left) with campaign representatives.

Three community groups are celebrating after receiving grant funding to support their work with the environment.

The winners of this year’s Get Better with Nature community grant have been announced.

The £2,500 pot will be split between the 3rd Buxton Scout group, Friends of Buxton Station and the charity Bright Opportunities.

The awards are made in support of initiatives which improve the environment and help people to appreciate how nature can benefit the health and wellbeing of people, communities and business.

The final decisions were taken by a panel of judges, including High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who said: “I was delighted to take part.

“The applications brought to life the fantastic projects we currently have ongoing in the High Peak.

“I look forward to seeing the how the projects will use the funding, and being involved again in this year’s campaign activities.”

The scout group will use the funding to run more weekend narrowboat trips along the Peak Forest Canal, which enable Beavers to learn about water management and the water lifecycle.

Group leader Lesley Musgrove said: “We’re really pleased to have the support of the Get Better with Nature campaign to help a new generation understand the value of nature and the societal issues raised by water pollution.”

The Friends of Buxton Station will use their share of the grant pot to increase foliage around platform two, to encourage biodiversity.

Chairman David Carlisle said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to work on creating better conditions in our natural environment.”

Bright Opportunities will launch a nature photography group for adults with learning difficulties.

Director Tracey Green said: “It will allow them to capture nature over walks and on our community allotment.”

Business behind green initiatives

Applications were judged by a panel of experts including Andrew Bingham MP, and representatives of Nestlé Waters, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, the Buxton Advertiser and High Peak Borough Council.

Nestlé’s Sian Chapman said: “It was hard to choose, but the winners all clearly showed how they will get active and help others benefit from the two-way relationship between people and our environment. More people will be able to enjoy and protect it.”

Campaign is about more than just money

The community grant is part of the Get Better with Nature campaign, which was launched by Nestlé Waters and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust last year.

It followed research which showed that while 93 per cent of Buxton residents understood the value of nature to society and health, nearly two-thirds of thought this appreciation was being lost between generations.

Last year’s activities involved schools, community groups and employees from Nestlé’s Buxton factory in woodland bulb planting, scrub clearing and enhancing wet meadows by spreading wild flower seed.

This year’s plans include health walks, tree planting and environmental education classes.