Award winning Taunton business, Gary Gabriel Associates (GGA), is the first to announce its public support for a new urban wildlife project from Somerset Wildlife Trust with a generous donation of £500 and an ongoing commitment to further support the project by encouraging other Taunton businesses to get involved.
Routes to the River Tone project
The Trust’s Routes to the River Tone project was recently launched at The Museum of Somerset. It aims to engage local people with the wildlife on their doorstep, improve the town’s green spaces and waterways which provide important wildlife habitat for rare species, and use nature as a catalyst to bring communities closer together.
GGA structural and civil engineering consultants were so inspired by the project that they made their generous donation, which was presented to Somerset Wildlife Trust’s project manager Nick Tomlinson at their offices this week.
Re-connect with nature
Duncan Clayton, GGA Director said: “We are proud to support the valuable work of the Somerset Wildlife Trust. As a Taunton based consultancy involved in developing the urban landscape, we fully support the principles of The Routes to the River Tone project, which encourages Taunton’s residents to explore the rich natural wealth their town possesses and to re-connect with nature. As Albert Einstein said … 'Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better’.”
A wave of positivity
Somerset Wildlife Trust Routes to the River Tone Project Manager, Nick Tomlinson comments: “The huge response to the launch of the project has been amazing. The project and its ambitions have already inspired so many and has sparked real excitement within community groups and fuelled high enthusiasm for what we are hoping to achieve. It’s fantastic to take this wave of positivity forwards in our work. Having businesses such as GGA, who are so active in the Taunton landscape and so aware of the challenges we face, keen to get involved is brilliant, and I hope they are just the first of many to get involved.”
Engaging local people
Routes to the River Tone, is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The project aims to engage local people with the wildlife on their doorstep and, with their help, to improve the town’s green spaces and waterways which provide important wildlife habitat for rare species like water vole and four species of bat including brown long-eared and lesser horseshoe bats.
It is a partnership project led by Somerset Wildlife Trust and including Taunton Deane Borough Council, Environment Agency, Somerset County Council, Natural England, the Canal and Rivers Trust and the Taunton Deane Area group of Somerset Wildlife Trust.