Biffa Award grant means thousands of children can learn and be inspired via Trust’s eco-friendly learning hub

Thousands of children will learn and be inspired by the natural environment after Staffordshire Wildlife Trust was handed a huge grant to create a new, eco-friendly and fully accessible learning facility at its Wolseley Centre headquarters.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has secured a £318,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

The purpose-built building will feature cutting-edge environmental design that delivers the perfect space for learning about nature in harmony with the natural landscape in which it will be located.

The new Biffa Award Learning Hub is a key part of the Trust’s exciting upgrade of visitor facilities at its Wolseley Centre headquarters in Rugeley.

The Centre is set to undergo a redevelopment over the coming months, which will see the creation of a new café with stunning views over the lake to enrich the visitor experience, a new car park offering more spaces, improved interpretation and introducing new features across the well-visited site.

Jo Olivant, People Engagement Manager for the Trust, said: “The Biffa Award Learning Hub at The Wolseley Centre will enable thousands of children and numerous adults each year from the wider West Midlands region to learn about and be inspired by their natural environment.

“This will be a unique, ‘landmark’ building located at one of the region’s most popular, free and easily accessible venues for experiencing and learning about wildlife and nature.”

Gillian French, Head of Grants, Biffa Award said: “the technology being used in this new build is incredibly exciting. Every tiny detail has been thought of; natural daylight will be funnelled through the building to minimise artificial lighting and rainwater will be collected for toilet flushing. We can’t wait to see the finished product.”

Work on the building will begin onsite after half-term and the hub is planned to be open from March 2019.

Notes for Editors

Biffa Award

Since 1997, Biffa Award has awarded grants totalling more than £165 million to thousands of worthwhile community and environmental projects across the UK. The programme administers money donated by Biffa Group Ltd through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs). EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.3%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.

Since its inception in 1996, over £1.6 billion has been spent on more than 56,000 projects across the UK. For further information please visit or see HMRC’s general guide to landfill tax.
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