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Yorkshire wildlife trust thank Aggregate Industries for their support during 2008

1st November 2008

Aggregate Industries was presented the first of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts Business Awards for their continued support to the Trusts work as a partner of the Breathing Places programme.
This programme has provided the catalyst for communities across Yorkshire to transform previously derelict sites for the benefit of wildlife, allowing the Trust to run more public events and to develop stronger links with the media. Geoff Storey, from Aggregate Industries comments:

“We are incredibly happy to receive this award. Aggregate Industries has over the past year worked in partnership with the Trust to see the progression of the 40 year aftercare project at Kilnsey Quarry in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, allowing the creation of valuable habitats such as calcareous grassland, which provides a home for peregrine falcons. At Ripon City Quarry, Aggregate Industries and the Trust have proposed to create a new regionally significant nature reserve for future generations to enjoy.The wet grassland habitat to be created complements the on going progressive reed bed restoration scheme and the restored areas will provide habitat benefits for a number of UK and local biodiversity action plan priority species including otters and reed bunting. During 2008 we have played a very active part in nature conservation, long may it continue!”

During the evening guest speaker, Chris Packham (television presenter and wildlife photographer) gave an inspiring talk about wildlife, drawing on his childhood experiences to highlight the importance of getting people outside and active while still young.
Community Development Officer, for the Running Wild Project, Vicky Harland said:

“Chris’s speech was inspiring and helped to enforce the message we send out to people across Yorkshire. It gave further depth to the projects we undertake and helped others to acknowledge the importance of our work.”

The dinner, which was held at York racecourse, was a fantastic success with 150 corporate members and sponsors attending. Approximately £3000 was raised on the night which will go towards helping support the charities work during 2009. The evening provided the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with the opportunity to thank companies and individuals for their continued support, without which the Trust could not operate.

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