£15,000 Donation secured for conservation traineeship

Seb Hibbs on heathland © Sally Cooper 

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted to receive a donation from Winfrith Newburgh & East Knighton (WN&EK) Parish Council of over £15,000 towards DWT’s Heathland Heritage Traineeship.

This money, together with funding secured by Magnox Ltd Socio-economic Scheme will enable us to offer two traineeships to local individuals, equipping them with the essential employment skills for the countryside sector, whilst helping to secure a future for Dorset’s iconic heathland heritage.

The donated monies were originally generated from a Parish Council ‘fighting fund’ in the early 1960’s to help safeguard Winfrith Heath from plans to build a further nuclear reactor at the site.

The restricted funds have been held by the Parish Council in abeyance, awaiting a proposal which would aid the future protection of Winfrith Heath for local people.

Leo Henley-Lock, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Reserves Manager for South & East Dorset, said, “We are extremely grateful for the donation from the Parish Council. Whilst offering two young individuals a first step to a career in the countryside sector, the traineeships will help to play a crucial role in maintaining these important sites for the local people and visitors. We hope that this project will leave a lasting legacy for both the local community and the young trainees.”

Find out more about volunteering and traineeship opportunities with Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Seb Hibbs on heathland © Sally Cooper

Seb Hibbs on heathland © Sally Cooper