SITA Trust funding for WTT project in Kent

The Wild Trout Trust and SITA Trust issued this joint press release today: 

Funding boost to improve wildlife habitat on the River Great Stour at Godinton, Kent.

A group of conservationists from the Stour Valley in Kent are today celebrating the news that it has received a £24,806 funding boost from SITA Trust to carry out improvements to the wildlife habitat of the River Great Stour at Godinton Park.

Stour at Godinton

The river is currently a dredged and heavily modified channel with poor quality habitat for wildlife. 

The project will re-create a more varied river channel which will support a healthy environment for fish, insects, plants and birds as well as providing greater resilience to periods of flood and drought. The grant will fund the materials and machinery for the project, allowing the Wild Trout Trust staff and volunteers to carry out the work.
This project is a partnership between the Wild Trout Trust, Godinton House Preservation Trust, the Upper Stour Restoration Group, the Kent Countryside Partnership, the Environment Agency and SITA Trust.

Paul Bates, project coordinator for the Upper Stour Restoration Volunteers, said:

Important conservation work at the local community level is not possible without external financial backing, specialist expertise from charities such as the Wild Trout Trust and the commitment of local volunteers & supporters. All these elements are essential to get a project started & successfully completed. We are therefore extremely appreciative of the very generous funding provided by the SITA Trust’.

Marek Gordon CEO and Chairman of SITA Trust added We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2 billion.”

SITA Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for available that enhance communities and enrich nature

For information on how to apply for funding from SITA Trust call (01454) 262910 or visit www​.sita​trust​.org​.uk

SITA Trust

SITA Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. To date SITA Trust has supported more than 3,300 projects to a combined value of over £93 million.

Enhancing Communities — SITA Trust funding enhances communities in England, Scotland and Wales by supporting community driven projects to improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.

Enriching Nature — SITA Trust funding enriches nature by supporting biodiversity conservation projects in England and Wales

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund

SITA Trust receives its funding through HM Government’s Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is donated by SITA UK, one of the nation’s leading recycling and resource management companies.

Any rubbish that is thrown away and cannot be reused ends up in a landfill site. Operators of landfill sites collect tax on each tonne of landfill for HM Treasury. The purpose of this tax is to make it more expensive to put waste into landfill, in turn encouraging us to reduce our waste and recycle more.

A small proportion of this tax can be used to support a wide range of environmental projects near landfill sites, through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Through the LCF over £1 billion has been invested in UK projects. SITA Trust is part of the LCF, which is regulated on behalf of HM Government’s Revenue & Customs by ENTRUST. For further information, please visit www​.entrust​.org​.uk.