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.