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Somerset Wildlife Trust Announces New Corporate Member - Southern Co-op


Thursday 22 September 2022 - Somerset Wildlife Trust is pleased to welcome Southern Co-op to its corporate member scheme.

Earlier this year, Southern Co-op was one of only 31 organisations in the UK to receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, recognising its commitment to sustainability. It has also been encouraging others to take action against climate change, including banning the sale of disposable barbecues last month.

Aligning itself with the Trust's values and joining the scheme will support its environmental sustainability strategy and its mission to raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues across its member base.

With over 300 community food stores, coffee shops, funeral services, and natural burial grounds and crematoria spread across southern England, Southern Co-op has been operating in the UK since 1873. Today, many of its primary targets focus on addressing the environmental challenges we currently face — particularly with regards to climate change — and range from reducing carbon emissions to supporting sustainable food-production methods.

Gemma Lacey, Director Sustainability & Communications at Southern Co-op said,"We're delighted to support Somerset Wildlife Trust in its dedicated efforts tohelp protect Somerset's wildlife and landscapes for generations to come.The Trust's goals, to inspire people to takepositive action for wildlife, reverse biodiversity loss and tackle the climate crisis, is perfectly in line with our values.

"Somerset Wildlife Trust joins a host of other Trusts we already support including Devon, Dorset, Hampshire & Isle of Wight, and Sussex. By working with these groups, we can support our sustainability goals to create space for wildlife, support nature recovery and help people benefit from a healthy, natural environment." 

Katie Arber, Somerset Wildlife Trust's Director of Fundraising & Marketing, added,"The Wildlife Trusts believe that, by working with businesses who share our concern for the environment, we can create a brighter future for the natural world.

"It's exciting to join forces with an organisation built on celebrating community, with a long-standing vision to make a difference in the local communities it supports, including here in Somerset".

The support provided by Southern Co-op will help the Trust to build a Nature Recovery Network across Somerset and engage with local communities, helping them to develop the skills and expertise needed to take the long-term lead in caring for their local areas and the wildlife that call them home.

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