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Council funds will help Dorset Wildlife Trust countryside trainees

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has received a donation of over £15,000 from Winfrith Newburgh & East Knighton (WN&EK) Parish Council towards its Heathland Heritage Traineeship.

Trainee Seb on heathland, photo by Sally Cooper
Trainee Seb on heathland, photo by Sally Cooper

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.

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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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