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Portsmouth Water launches biodiversity grant scheme

Portsmouth Water has launched its first biodiversity grant scheme, which will be funded by the water firm up to a total of £250,000 over the next five years.

The scheme is part of our ongoing environmental commitments to enhance the habitat network surrounding land around Portsmouth Water’s operational sites.

Over the years the water company has improved the biodiversity and environmental aspects on its operational land, for example by improving areas such as to encourage water vole habitats, wildlife and fauna to flourish and making sure everything we do has biodiversity uppermost in our minds.

The new initiative will allow organisations and people to help the firm improve the environment even more.

The fund will receive applications to cover a number of environmental areas such as:

  • Biodiversity and habitat improvements e.g. coppicing woodland and wetland creation
  • Invasive non-native species control e.g. Himalayan Balsam control to reduce bank erosion
  • Species and habit survey projects e.g. invertebrate survey of grassland

Portsmouth Water chief executive Bob Taylor said: “We have long been a pro-active custodian of the environment and although at times the balance between providing an effective water supply and protecting the environment can be difficult we have always wherever possible seek to put the environment at the top of our priorities.

“Even more so when nearly every piece of customer research we have conducted has come to the conclusion that the environment must be at the top of our priorities. This scheme allows for others to help us ensure that the environment flourishes in order for the next generation to enjoy.”

Portsmouth is offering two grant schemes –

A small scheme allowing for a single payment up to £1,000 for projects, and a large grant scheme between £1,000 and £10,000.

The scheme is now open and all applications must be received by Friday 16 October 2020.

Topic: Sustainability & social value , Water resources
Tags: biodiversity , Water supply , environment , wildlife , Portsmouth Water

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