East Yorkshire Chalk Rivers Trust Nets £3,000.00 from Environmental Support Fund Grant

21st March 2011

Centrica Storage has awarded East Yorkshire Chalk Rivers Trust £3,000.00 as part of the Caythorpe Environmental Support Fund. The £5,000.00 per year fund, which was set-up during the Caythorpe Gas Storage project approval process, will generate £125,000.00 over 25 years for qualifying environmental projects in and around the East Riding villages of Rudston, Burton Agnes and Boynton.

East Yorkshire Chalk Rivers Trust promotes good practice in the conservation and improvement to habitats of chalk rivers, wetlands and other water bodies in the East Riding. It also educates the public in river habitats, species and increasing awareness and understanding amongst landowners.

The funded project will involve a detailed species and habitat recording on the Gypsey Race in Boynton and Rudston parishes, followed by targeted habitat works, invasive species control and localised tree planting, as well as a programme of nest box installation for birds.

The trust also aims to plant around 50 bank side trees and install 15 nest boxes. Invasive species control will reduce the distribution along the watercourse, benefitting native flora and fauna. By comparing baseline monitoring with repeat surveys, positive change will be captured.

Increased tree cover will stabilise banks, provide more constant water temperatures and aid aquatic fly life. Reduced invasive species will directly aid native species recovery.

David Croft, representing East Yorkshire Chalk Rivers Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Centrica Storage decided to allocate £3,000.00 towards our work in and around the Gypsey Race. The funding will certainly help from a sustainability perspective whilst having a positive environmental impact in a number of areas. We intend to put the money to good use so that we can both preserve and improve what is one of the area’s most beautiful hidden gems.”

Glenn Sibbick, Project Director at Centrica Storage Limited, said: “East Yorkshire Chalk Rivers Trust does some fantastic work across the East Riding of Yorkshire. We are delighted to support this very worthwhile initiative and we look forward to seeing the outcome of the team’s work over the coming weeks and months.”

The project is anticipated to take a year to complete, and has support from the Environment Agency, Natural England, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the East Yorkshire Biodiversity Partnership.