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My Claim Solved

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The conservation and protection of our freshwater habitats has always been somewhat neglected by society, but now more than ever, it’s essential that we come together to make a lasting change! The staff at My Claim Solved want nothing more, than to be a meaningful part of that change.

Seb Cook, Marketing Assistant at My Claim Solved

 


holidaycottages.co.uk

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holidaycottages.co.uk are a self-catering holiday agency with over 25 years’ experience and over 2700 properties in popular holiday destinations across the whole of the UK. Whether you’re looking for a cottage by the sea, farmhouse on the moors or an apartment in the city, they have something to suit all requirements and budgets.

Freshwater Habitats Trust do an absolutely fantastic job in working towards improving the biodiversity of the UK’s freshwater landscape and we are so excited to be supporting the important work they do. Freshwater Habitats Trust is the perfect partner charity for a business like ours because we understand just how much the UK’s beautiful outdoor spaces and watersides are valued by our customers looking to holiday in the UK – there is no better time than now to protect it so everyone can continue enjoying it in the future.


Aquilina Environmental Quality

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Specialising in all aspects of freshwater, brackish and wetland ecology

I am an independent ecological consultant with links to 10 associates who together offer a full range of ecological consultancy services.

I specialise in freshwater ecology, especially bioassessment of water quality and conservation value using macroinvertebrates. I have 11 years’ experience since finishing my Masters degree, 3 of those spent happily at Freshwater Habitats Trust itself, where my philosophy and values fitted in perfectly. I am also interested in reptiles and amphibians and undertake protected species survey and mitigation works.

I undertake a range of voluntary activities to support the wider recognition of the value of freshwaters from running the Dorset Freshwater Recording Group to training courses, pond digging and surveys.

Robert Aquilina, Director, Aquilina Environmental Quality.


Gordon Low Products


Gordon Low Products is a family run business in Bedfordshire that manufactures pond and lake liners. The company participated in our Million Ponds Project by supplying liners for 20 new ponds on the North Kent Downs, where the dry chalk substrate was not able to hold water naturally.

We believe that companies can achieve real results for biodiversity by working in partnership with charities, and we are very pleased to join Freshwater Habitats Trust’s corporate scheme.

Ruth Low, Director, Gordon Low.


 Smiths Bletchington

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Smiths Bletchington is a family owned quarrying company supplying sand, gravel, crushed limestone and recycled aggregates to Oxfordshire and the surrounding region.

Quarrying has the opportunity to deliver significant biodiversity gains through carefully designed restoration schemes.

Smiths’ environmental policy recognises the need to operate with respect and care for our surroundings and to actively develop positive enhancements to the environment. Freshwater Habitats Trust can help us with these goals.

We have a long-standing relationship with Freshwater Habitats Trust through their work at our Gill Mill quarry and in partnership with the Lower Windrush Valley Project. We have drawn on their expertise to create new ponds on restored mineral sites and they continue to monitor the freshwater habitats at our award winning Rushy Common nature reserve.

Martin Layer, Planning and Estates Manager, Smiths Bletchington.


Bentomat

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Bentomat is a Geo-Synthetic Clay Liner, widely used in decorative lakes, ponds, wetlands, reed beds, lagoons, swimming ponds, Aquaponics and fisheries, as well as in industrial applications such as canal, river, stream & SUDS Scheme projects.

Bentomat is simple to install, self-mends if punctured, and allows plants to grow on it, so that it is better for the environment than other liners.

Bentonite clay is a natural product that has been around for millions of years, making it ideal for conservation ponds built to last a long, long time.


Habitat Aid

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Habitat Aid supplies native trees, plants, seeds and heritage fruit trees which are sourced through their community of small specialist UK nurseries of growers.

They donate half our profits from online sales to UK conservation charities (including the ARG 100% fund) with whom they work to develop and distribute fundraising products.

They also increasingly work with corporates, government bodies and landscape and ecology professionals. Clients include the Co-op, the Environment Agency, Friends of the Earth, and the Wildlife Trusts.

Their product range includes a wide range of native aquatic plants and pre-planted coir rolls and mats.


Sykes Cottages

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Sykes Cottages have been providing excellent self-catering holiday cottages in the UK and Ireland for more than 25 years and are today proud to be the UK’s leading holiday letting agency.

We’re excited to be supporting the important work of Freshwater Habitats Trust as they strive towards improving the biodiversity of the UK’s freshwater landscape. We know that the UK’s unique natural landscape is part of what makes our country such a popular holiday destination and we are passionate about preserving this for generations to come.


Vine House Farm

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Vine House Farm is a farm growing and selling wild bird food direct to the householder. Vine House Farm is the largest grower of bird seed in the UK.

We are selling bird seed because of the owner’s (Nicholas Watts) passion for wildlife. People who visited his farm were so impressed with the numbers of birds they saw on his farm they asked him to sell them bird seed.

Nicholas goes round many farms each year recording breeding birds and where there is water is usually where the most birds are so he has no hesitation in joining Freshwater Habitats Trust to try and persuade more people to dig another pond.

A few weeks ago Nicholas dug his 20th pond and now has more than 15 acres of water on his farm.


Water Gems (Alba) Ltd

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Water Gems designs and builds ponds and wetlands. These are often of high habitat value and as such often make a significant contribution to local biodiversity.

Freshwater Habitats Trust is an ideal partner charity for a business like ours as it obviously has a real commitment to good aquatic habitat creation and has a focus on achieving an impact on the ground. We are very happy to endorse Freshwater Habitats Trust’s aims and hope to find more ways to work with them in the future.’ Nick Benge, Director, Water Gems (Alba) Ltd.


Salix

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Salix are an area design and build contractor working on river and wetland habitat creation and restoration projects throughout the UK Their nursery produces over 1.5m native flowering plants every year which are used as for habitat creation projects, and they often donate plants for free for school, educational organisations and environmental charities.

We are a committed environmental business and operate a combined environmental/quality management system (ISO14001/9001). We operate a carbon reduction scheme and create large areas of freshwater habitats at our nursery sites.’

David Holland, Salix


Hanson Heidelberg

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Hanson UK is a leading supplier of heavy building materials to the construction industry and is part of the Heidelberg Cement Group, which has leading global positions in aggregates, cement and concrete.

Our products are part of everyday life. The rock, gravel, sand, bricks, and concrete we produce are used to build homes, roads, schools and places of work and to provide clean drinking water and effective sewerage systems.

Our aim is to be a leading sustainable business, trusted and respected by our stakeholders for the ethics we adopt and the products we supply. We work closely with other organisations in our pursuit of improved performance in areas such as biodiversity, energy management and product technology.