The Lakes by yoo hosted a special gathering on September 9 to officially unveil the new Eco Fund.
The Lakes by yoo hosted a special gathering on September 9 to officially unveil the new Eco Fund. Pupils from Fairford Primary School and the town mayor were in attendance alongside the managing director of Cotswold Water Park as well as the founder of Lakes by yoo. The fund will provide grants and support via a team of specialists to community groups and charities, including schools, parish councils and individuals to help deliver projects which invest in biodiversity, restore habitats and ‘gapping up’ projects which join up wildlife corridors.
On the same day as the launch, pupils from the primary school were enjoying an ecological day at The Lakes, at which the children took part in various activities including mini beast hunting, pond and lake dipping, and bug hotel building.The school are also the first beneficiary of the eco fund, receiving £5,000 to support their eco dome project, which will give the children a dry, warm space to work whilst still appreciating the school grounds around them. John Hitchcox, founder of The Lakes by yoo, said: “We have made a long term commitment to investing in the ecology of the estate including through the creation of ponds, estblishing new breading territories for a range of rare organisms. We now want to go a step further.”
“By establishing the Eco Fund, we will be able to support projects in the wider area and help to deliver others using the Lakes by yoo’s funding and expertise.”
The Lakes did not contain any ponds, significant habitats in their own right, when development started in 2007, with four having since been created at Coln Park and positioned strategically across the estate. Matthew Millett, managing director of the Cotswold Water Park Trust, said the fund is a “great example of the practical support that can help to make a difference locally.
“We look forward to working with the Lakes to ensure that the Cotswolds are protected for future generations.”
Julie Fellows, head teacher of Fairford Primary School said: “I would like to say a big thank you to The Lakes by yoo for the kindness that they have shown to our school in their donation, expertise and time.
“This is greatly appreciated and will go a long way to achieving success with our Eco project and furnishing the Dome.”
The development is set around a network of six lakes on a disused quarry.