Five years ago, Melton Building Society formed a unique partnership with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to raise funds to protect wildlife, encourage enjoyment of the natural world and increase awareness of the Trust. They have since gone on to raise an incredible £30,000, including donating £15,000 towards the construction of our Volunteer Training Centre at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.
The Society has initiated a number of activities to support the partnership over the years, including providing special Wild Ones Packs for children who open a Young Savers Account. The packs contain a pocket wildlife guide, wildflower seeds and more, to encourage young people to enjoy wildlife and get into the habit of saving. The Society is also offering customers a discounted Family Membership of the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust or Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
The partnership has continued to evolve and last year they launched a Wildlife Fund to provide opportunities for school children to learn outside and broaden their knowledge and understanding of wildlife. The Society invited local primary schools to apply for a share of the Fund and thirteen local primary schools have received grants to create or improve wildlife learning areas or take part in a Forest School. The programme was delivered by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.
Earlier this year, the Society funded the creation of a wildlife pond at St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Melton, with work carried out by our Grow Wild Team. Frances Port, teacher at St Mary’s Primary School said “Thanks to the generous support of the Melton Building Society our pupils can now not only learn about nature and wildlife in the classroom, but also experience it for themselves. The pond is already full of tadpoles and the children are really excited to watch them grow.”
Simon Bentley, Director of Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust said “The Melton’s commitment to its local communities has a clear connection with the Trust’s objectives and is a great opportunity for us to engage local people with their local environment.”
To find out more about Wild One savers accounts and the Wildlife Fund, visit The Melton Buidling Society website here.