Funding Will Make Verges the Best… by a ‘Country Mile’

28th March 2011

Centrica Storage has awarded a team responsible for preserving countryside verges £1,310.85 as part of the Caythorpe Environmental Support Fund. The £5,000.00 per year fund, which was set-up during the Caythorpe Gas Storage project approval process, will generate £125,000.00 over 25 years for qualifying environmental projects in and around the East Riding villages of Boynton, Burton Agnes and Boynton.

The Verge Nature Reserve project is part of a wider scheme know as, ‘the Country Mile Project’, an initiative led by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and North Yorkshire County Council. The wider Country Mile Project is funded for one year through the LEADER Coast, Wolds, Wetlands and Waterways programme.

The funding will be used to help preserve grass verges around the Caythorpe Gas Storage site near to Rudston village. Signs will be installed to remind people that the verges are part of a nature reserve designed to protect local wildlife. The signs will also contain contact details for anyone wanting to undertake work on or near the grass verges so that they can be advised about what is there to help preserve natural habitats and other environmental occurrences. The scheme near to the Caythorpe site is part of a wider programme to ensure practical habitat management and effective community engagement and education.

Nadine Rolls, Assistant Biodiversity Officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We have been rolling this programme of work out across the East Riding for a while now and in those areas that we have implemented similar initiatives the results have been very encouraging.

“Our aim is to preserve natural habitats through the correct management of grass verges and prevent unintentional damage wherever possible. Signage like the ones we will install with the help of Centrica Storage’s Environmental Support Fund will enable us to further this cause around the company’s site at Caythorpe and we are thrilled that they chose to financially support our project. Schemes of this nature can have a hugely positive environmental impact.”

Glenn Sibbick, Project Director at Centrica Storage Limited, said: “The Verge Nature Reserve is a praiseworthy environmental project and we are delighted to support the East Riding Local Strategic Partnership and its partners. We believe this initiative will be a real benefit to the local environment and I look forward to seeing the project fully implemented.”