Former England rugby international Rory Underwood and the Mayor of Grantham attended the reopening of the Melton Building Society branch on Grantham High Street today.
They joined a group of children for an afternoon of wildlife discovery, which included a visit by various critters and a ‘badger’.
The branch has undergone extensive refurbishment and now includes a new Wildlife Information Centre launched through its partnership with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
The Melton Building Society is working with the Trust to raise funds to protect wildlife and encourage enjoyment of the natural world.
Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Paul Learoyd, said: “We are thrilled the Melton has chosen to help the wildlife in Lincolnshire.
“The Melton’s commitment to its local communities has a clear connection with the Trust’s objectives and this is a great opportunity for us to engage local people with their local environment.”
The building society also plans to create Wildlife Information Centres in its Oakham and Melton branches next year in association with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.
“Supporting wildlife and the Trust ties in with the Society’s community ethos and its commitment to providing sustainable mortgages, affordable housing and encouraging responsible living,” said Martin Reason, Melton Building Society’s Chief Executive.
As well as the information centres, the building society is giving away special ‘Wild Ones Packs’ with new Young Savers Accounts, which contain a pocket wildlife guide, wildflower seeds and more to encourage young people to enjoy wildlife and get into the habit of saving.
The building society will also donate £150 to the Trust for every Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust member who completes on a mortgage.