Burton Agnes Primary School has received £1,000 of funding from Centrica Storage Limited (CSL) enabling its Environmental Garden to be improved, making it safer and more useable for its pupils.
The donation was made as part of the 2016 Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund. Every year, the Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund invites applications in the East Riding parishes of Boynton, Burton Agnes and Rudston for funding towards projects which will make a real difference to the community. The Corner Garden is one of four projects selected to receive funding.
Burton Agnes Primary School will use the £1,000 donation to make its Environmental Garden a more accessible space to be used both in and out of lesson time. This includes adding a grate to the garden pond, adding science equipment, weather station equipment, bird boxes and an identification chart. The hope is that the project will increase interest in the environment, science club and self-learning.
The children cannot currently access the area without teacher supervision, limiting the use and benefit of the Environmental Garden. The project will be managed by both staff and pupils, and any future maintenance and upkeep replacement work will be taken from the school’s own budget. No other parties are involved in this project.
Helen Jameson, Headteacher of Burton Agnes Primary School, said: “The £1,000 donation from the 2016 Caythorpe Gas Storage Environmental Support Fund will make an enormous difference to this project, enabling the children to enjoy the environment of the garden in a number of ways – safely. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Centrica Storage Limited.”
A total of £5,000 of funding was made available for the four chosen projects this year. The three other projects to receive funding this year are ‘The Corner Garden’ for Rudston Parish Council, a new boiler for Boynton Village Hall and a number of energy efficiency improvements for Rudston Playing Field Pavilion.
Ian Livingston, terminal manager at CSL, said: “We are delighted to continue our support of some fantastic community projects across East Yorkshire in 2016. We received a wide variety of funding applications for some exciting projects, all of which will benefit the communities they serve, and it has been a tough task selecting the schemes to support.
“The independent panel of judges was extremely impressed with the hard work that has gone into all the applications and we are confident that the funding has been allocated to some hugely worthwhile causes.”
CSL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centrica plc. It operates the Rough gas storage facility in the southern North Sea and the Easington onshore gas processing terminal. CSL will manage the Caythorpe Gas Storage site through construction and later when it becomes operational.
Centrica plc acquired the Caythorpe Gas Storage project from Warwick Energy and owns the onshore Caythorpe gas producing field, which is a substantially depleted onshore gas field located close to the National Transmission System. Caythorpe has planning permission for conversion to an onshore gas storage facility with a capacity of up to 7.5 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas.