John Lewis donate £5,000 to Dorset Wildlife Trust ecotherapy project 'Greengage'
Monday 18th December 2017
(Above: Cheque presentation at John Lewis with (L-R) Francesca Owens, John Lewis selling coach, Sally Cooper DWT Corporate Development Officer, Jeremy Adams John Lewis Branch Manager © DWT.)
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted to have received a £5,000 donation from John Lewis to help fund its eco-therapy project, ‘Greengage’, based in Swanage.
The Greengage project is a wellbeing hub designed to give a new lease of life to people in the local community, by helping them to enrich their lives through ecotherapy and therapeutic horticulture.
The scheme has helped a wide range of people from all backgrounds, genders and fitness levels, including those living with dementia or mental health issues and the long-termed unemployed.
John Lewis Branch Manager, Jeremy Adams said, “I’m delighted the John Lewis Foundation supported the application to help DWT with their activities. The Foundation money comes directly from the 5p levy that we are required to charge customers by law for plastic carrier bags.”
DWT Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, said, “We are very grateful to John Lewis for this donation which will go towards improving the Greengage site and providing tools and materials for people to use who are taking part in the project. The project helps its participants to maintain regular and meaningful contact with nature which will in turn help them to feel better from spending time outside.”
The Greengage project has transformed a former commercial plant nursery owned by Swanage Town Council. Through the project, the site will be restored to provide 0.5 acres of good quality land for wildlife friendly horticulture. The site includes a large greenhouse and cold frames, and participants of the project have created a new vegetable plot.
Find out more about Greengage...
To find out more about Greengage and how to get involved, visit our information page here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Marine Centre and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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