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Children’s winning van artwork unveiled

A colourful new vehicle is hitting Cumbria’s roads as West Cumbria Rivers Trust unveil their new van decorated with drawings by local children.

The Keswick-based charity’s ‘Design Our Van’ competition for under-16s attracted more than 100 entries, including entries from St. Herbert’s Primary School in Keswick, St. Bridget’s Primary School in Egremont and Lowca Community School.

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Three winners and five runners-up were given book tokens and invited to an unveiling event on 21 February, where they saw their artwork enlarged to cover the van for the first time and were given copies of the charity’s new children’s book, The Adventurous Salmon. The winners and runners-up were Jack Bacon and Luis Salas from Keswick, Islay Lane from Bassenthwaite, Eve McMullan from Ravenglass, Jensen Blanks from Egremont and Murin, Eden and Lawson Birks from Gosforth.

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Eve McMullan from Ravenglass

Jodie Mills, Operations Director at West Cumbria Rivers Trust, said: “We work closely with local schools, providing education sessions to help children appreciate and understand our fantastic rivers. This competition was a great way to get them thinking about the wildlife we find in our rivers.”

The Trust has been growing steadily in recent years, attracting funding for an increasing number of conservation projects on West Cumbria’s rivers and lakes which the new vehicle will help the team get to sites with an ever increasing amount of tools and equipment.

Jodie said: “Our team’s grown in size so we needed another van to get people out in the field. This new van is also larger than our existing two so will enable us to complete bigger projects. Keep an eye out for us on the roads of West Cumbria!”

The vehicle is kindly sponsored by Border Cars, United Utilities and the Copeland Community Fund.

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Queries: Contact Sarah on sarah@westcumbriariverstrust.org or 017687 75429.

About West Cumbria Rivers Trust

• West Cumbria Rivers Trust is a registered charity which strives to restore and enhance the value of rivers, lakes, estuaries and surrounding countryside throughout West Cumbria for the benefit of people and wildlife.
• Our main rivers are the Derwent, Ellen, Waver, Wampool, Ehen, Calder, Irt, Mite, Esk and Annas, plus their tributaries. We also look after lakes, including Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Thirlmere, Crummock Water, Buttermere, Loweswater, Ennerdale Water and Wastwater.
• West Cumbria Rivers Trust’s aims are to protect, improve and raise awareness of the water environments of West Cumbria through practical conservation, research and education.
• Although completely independent, we work in partnership to deliver maximum benefit with organisations like the Environment Agency, Natural England, numerous charitable and environmental organisations and private companies and individuals.
• West Cumbria Rivers Trust relies entirely on public donations, grants and fund-raising to carry out its work.

West Cumbria Rivers Trust; Registered in England and Wales as a charity and company limited by guarantee.
Company Registration No: 7019413
Charity Registration No: 1142396
Registered Office: 32, Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5DQ


9 April 2019 by West Cumbria Rivers Trust

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