Perkins Supports Environment Through ‘Go Wild!’ Project

A successful partnership between Perkins and the Wildlife Trust in Peterborough, is set to continue, following the company's decision to fund the community project for a sixth year.

The Go Wild! project engages communities with local wildlife and plays a supporting role in growing the interest in and care of local nature reserves. Launched in 2006, the project, which is supported by Perkins through the Caterpillar Foundation has enabled more then 1,500 people in Peterborough and the surrounding villages to get involved in environmental activities, visit their local 'green spaces,' learn about wildlife and even become a volunteer for the Trust.

"I'm delighted that we have been able to continue our support for the Go Wild! project," said  Perkins president Gwenne Henricks. "Over the past five years the project has positively touched many peoples' lives and has helped raise awareness of and encouraged people to visit and look after their local green spaces.

"As a business we have more than 3,000 employees and their families living and working around Peterborough. Given that fact and the important role our business plays in the city, we are committed to supporting the Go Wild! project which is helping to bring people closer to and understand more about their local environment."

Employees at Perkins have also actively supported the Trust's work, signing up as volunteer leaders for the Peterborough Local group, and undertaking voluntary work at several of the Trust's nature reserves.

"We're thrilled to be working with Perkins for another year to further develop the Go Wild! Project," stated community wildlife officer Rachel Price. "This year there will be many more opportunities for people all around Peterborough to get involved in wildlife and nature reserves, from enjoying walks and family events at beautiful nature reserves, to carrying out wildlife surveys and practical conservation work."

Brian Eversham, chief executive of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough, added: "This ongoing support shows a real commitment from Perkins to the people and wildlife living in and around Peterborough".

Over the coming months the Go Wild! project will continue to recruit new volunteers and undertake more community activities, to demonstrate to local residents how they can get involved, understand and protect the environmental habitat around them.

For more information on the Wildlife Trust in Peterborough and the events taking place in Peterborough visit www.wildlifebcnp.org.