Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has been granted £20,000 to help protect wetlands across the UK as part of Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards.

The latest phase of the Movement for Good Awards has awarded over £480,000 to charities working across climate change and environment, education and skills, heritage and arts and rural and community sectors.

The Gloucestershire based charity helps to protect, create, conserve, and restore wetlands for wildlife and people.

The £20,000 funding will support the trust’s ‘Blue Recovery Fund’ which has been established to enable the creation and restoration of UK wetlands, halting their massive decline.

The awards are designed to help charities make a real difference in their communities. The winning projects were selected against four criteria: impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce another series of transformational grants and are grateful to all our supporters, including the customers of the trusted insurer, Ecclesiastical, and the boutique responsible and sustainable asset manager, EdenTree. On behalf of the new beneficiaries announced today, we offer them our sincere thanks – whether they realise it or not, they are transforming lives.

Benefact Group understands the importance of longer-term funding for charities, especially when trying to bring ambitious new ideas to life and get larger transformative projects off the ground.”

Pete Lee, Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, said: “As we all seek to navigate ourselves through the world’s climate crisis, the work which Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust does to reverse natures decline through the protection and restoration of wetlands becomes ever more important. We know that wetlands and the ecosystems they provide are vital in helping protect against the impact of climate change and biodiversity loss. The Movement for Good donation will make a valuable contribution to our ‘Blue Recovery’ ambition to restore and create 100,000 hectares of wetland across the UK by 2050.”

Movement for Good is funded by EIO plc, part of the Benefact Group.