UK charity Restored Earth is helping the Shropshire Wildlife Trust to return a car breaker’s yard to nature by giving a grant of £10,000 to the ‘Scrapyard Challenge’ project from donations it has received.
Restored Earth, which is largely funded by compliance and waste and recycling specialists, Clarity Environmental, was set up to restore land previously used in the waste industry. The grant to the Shropshire Wildlife Trust will help to return a former car breaker’s yard to nature. The 6-hectare site lies on one of Britain’s largest peatbogs, known as the Marches Mosses, which is an internationally important peatbog and one of the rarest habitats on earth. Recently closed after 50 years, the former scrapyard is covered in 100,000 tyres, thousands of litres of disused oil and tonnes of wing mirrors and bumpers. To return it to a condition where wildlife can thrive, Shropshire Wildlife Trust needs to raise £500,000 to clean decades of waste, and clear out several oil sump pits, before covering the site with peat. This will allow the bog habitat to regenerate and plant species to return.
Restored Earth Trustee, Giles Conn, said: “Restored Earth was established to fund projects that will decontaminate, restore and improve areas that have been previously used by the waste industry. The Scrapyard Challenge is a perfect fit for the aims of our charity and we are delighted to be able to assist the project. The plans for this site are really impressive and we look forward to seeing the regeneration work progress.”
David Adams, Managing Director of Clarity Environmental and Restored Earth Trustee, added: “Clarity has a long heritage in the waste industry, and our donations to Restored Earth enable us to give something back to the environment. We are proud to be able to support Shropshire Wildlife Trust with this project and would like to thank all of our customers who are playing a part in helping the trust reach their target and restore this rare habitat.”
Sara Pearce, Project Officer at Shropshire Wildlife Trust said of the donation: “Quite frankly, I’m bowled over by Restored Earth choosing to support our Scrapyard Challenge project with this generous grant. It’s marvellous and has given the fundraising appeal a real boost. This is a unique and challenging project but one that really fits well with Restored Earth’s vision and aims.”
If you would like to donate to the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Scrapyard Challenge’ visit their Just Giving page or text YARD16 £5 to 70070.