07 June 2019
To coincide with World Oceans Day on the 8th June, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is proud to announce a new partnership with DP World Southampton.
Over the next two years, DP World will donate £50,000 to support the Trust’s work, particularly to improve the local marine environment.
As part of our ‘Secrets of the Solent’ project (with funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund), the port and logistics company will fund two sea bins. These innovative machines will help to remove rubbish and plastics from the sea.
DP World will also sponsor the Trust’s Young Marine Champion Programme. This initiative will empower young people to take a lead in pushing for better protection of our seas and inspiring others to care for the Solent’s incredible marine life.
Staff from DP World Southampton will also be rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand with everything from surveying the foreshores of the Solent to tree planting in the New Forest.
Nick Loader, UK Chief Operating Officer, DP World said:
“Our business depends on the sea. We recognise the value and need to establish partnerships with organisations like the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to help undertake robust stewardship of our local marine environment and to combat pollution.
“DP World is committed to protecting the ocean’s natural resources as part of our global sustainability programme, ‘Our World, Our Future’. Our staff at Southampton are looking forward to contributing towards to the future conservation of the Solent which is such an important marine environment and vital trading lane.”
Kate Sandys, Director of Fundraising of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said:
"We are really pleased to welcome DP World Southampton as a partner. Not only are they supporting vital local work to protect the marine environment, but it’s brilliant that they are encouraging their staff to engage with the natural environment around them.
"This partnership is a fantastic example of how local business can play a vital part in securing nature’s recovery and creating a wilder future for our counties."
Notes to editors:
About Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust strives to create a better future for wildlife and wild places in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We’re the leading wildlife charity in the two counties and with the support of our 26,000 members we’re taking effective action to protect our natural heritage. We’re also part of a UK-wide partnership of 46 Wildlife Trusts; together we are the nation’s most active and influential nature conservation partnership protecting wildlife in every part of the UK. www.hiwwt.org.uk
More details about our campaign for a wilder future can be found here.
Secrets of the Solent is a four-year project that is celebrating the amazing people and wildlife that share our local waters. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project is bringing a hidden underwater world to life on land, and working to safeguard its future, through art, cuisine, citizen science, volunteering opportunities, and more.
World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honour, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. www.worldoceansday.org