This money, together with funding secured by Magnox Ltd Socio-economic Scheme will enable DWT 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 money was generated originally from a parish council ‘fighting fund’ in the early 1960s 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.
Leo Henley-Lock, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s reserves manager for South & East Dorset, said, “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 at www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs.
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