Trust de­lighted af­ter win­ning £12k fund­ing

Sunderland Echo - - News -

Wash­ing­ton’s Wild­fowl & Wet­lands Trust is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter land­ing a cash wind­fall.

The trust has won £12,000 fund­ing from the M&S En­ergy Com­mu­nity En­ergy Fund, beat­ing eight projects in the re­gion to win the top prize.

It re­ceived more than 4,500 votes af­ter it was short­listed for the na­tional re­new­able com­mu­nity en­ergy com­pe­ti­tion in July.

The vis­i­tor at­trac­tion and na­ture reserve is home to a flock of 65 Chilean flamin­gos, at­tract­ing more than 6,000 schoolchil­dren a year.

The team of con­ser­va­tion­ists plan to in­stall so­lar pan­els and heat lamps in the flamingo house, which will not only keep the­birds warm, but it will also save money and help thei flock to breed more.

Gill Pipes, man­ager, Wild­fowl & Wet­lands Trust said: “We’re so grate­ful and will make sure that we make the very most of ev­ery penny.”

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