Your chance to vote for DWT

Shoppers are being urged to vote for Durham Wildlife Trust, which is in the running to become Sainsbury’s charity of the year in stores at Bishop Auckland, Team Valley and Ferryhill Durham Road Local.

Hawthorn Dene a nature reserved managed by DWT

Votes close on June 24 and more information and how to vote can be found at sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk with the result announced in July.

Durham Wildlife Trust’s purpose is to protect wildlife and promote nature conservation in County Durham, the City of Sunderland and the boroughs of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Darlington.

Through the management of 37 Nature Reserves and a variety of species and habitat recovery projects, the Trust is one of the most active environmental organisations in the region.

By acting as a focus for a variety of community groups, schools and individuals, the Trust engages people in the issues around nature conservation and the wider environment. It also manages two visitor centres and campaigns on behalf of more than 8000 members.

Zoe Hull Head of Operations and Development at the Trust said: “We are really excited to be nominated by these three stores. This is the first time we have ever been nominated and as a local charity we can make such a difference to the lives of people and wildlife right on their doorstep. We urge everyone to vote for Durham Wildlife Trust and help us grow our work to conserve wildlife in the local area”