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Former England rugby international Rory Underwood and the Mayor of Grantham attended the reopening of the Melton’s branch on Grantham High Street. They joined a group of children for an afternoon of wildlife discovery, which included a visit by various critters and a ‘badger’. The branch has undergone extensive refurbishment and now includes a new Wildlife Information Centre launched through the Society’s partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
The Melton is working with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust to raise funds to protect wildlife and encourage enjoyment of the natural world. The Society is giving away special Wild Ones Packs with new Young Savers Accounts. 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.
Other initiatives include a special one year Family Membership of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust or the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust for just £10 – a saving of up £30, for a limited period – available in all branches. The Melton will also donate £150 to the Trusts for every Trust member who completes on a mortgage.
“We are thrilled the Melton has chosen to help the wildlife in Lincolnshire,” says Paul Learoyd, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. “The Melton’s commitment to its local communities has a clear connection with the Trust’s objectives and this is a great opportunity for us to engage local people with their local environment.”
The Melton plans to create Wildlife Information Centres in its Oakham and Melton branches in association with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust next year. “Supporting wildlife and the Trust ties in with the Society’s community ethos and its commitment to providing sustainable mortgages, affordable housing and encouraging responsible living,” said Martin Reason, Chief Executive, the Melton.
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