Northumbrian Water is a British water company providing mains water and sewerage services throughout the North East of England, supplying over 2.6 million customers. Their Branch Out fund helps to deliver projects that benefit the natural environment and their local communities.
A healthy natural environment is essential for supplying top quality drinking water. Northumbrian Water set up the Branch Out fund in response to the need to build resilience in the region’s natural environment. It aims to help adaptation to the effects of a changing climate whilst bringing benefits to water, wildlife and communities. Therefore, the purpose of the fund is to enable local communities, land managers, other organisations and individuals to make a difference to their natural environment.
With projects ranging from a landscape scale with many partners to smaller community and farm-based projects, Northumbrian Water recognises the importance of community partnerships when trying to make a positive impact on the planet.
Cold Blooded and Spineless
The wonderfully named ‘Cold Blooded and Spineless’ project has been developed by the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) to empower local people to take action to discover, record, monitor and celebrate invertebrates. The project is a response to the influential ‘State of Nature’ report which found that 66% of known invertebrates have declined in 50 years and that information on upland invertebrates is particularly lacking. Hence, this is a five-year project, and Branch Out money, has helped to unlock hundreds of thousands of pounds of Heritage Lottery Funding. The first two years of the project have already seen fantastic success with over 800 people engaging with the various training workshops and public events held.
This story shows Northumbrian Water supports Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, specifically Target 11.4: “Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
About Northumbrian Water
Founded in 1989, Northumbrian Water is a British water company providing mains water and sewerage services throughout the North East of England. Headquartered in Durham, they supply over 2.6 million customers.
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