Cornwall Wildlife Trust is among the regional winners in the M&S Energy Fund and will receive £12,000 to install solar panels at its offices near Truro.

The solar panels will reduce the Trust’s carbon footprint as well as increase renewable energy generation in the neighbourhood. It will also result in savings to its overall energy costs and therefore maximise funds for the charity’s vital nature conservation work throughout Cornwall.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust has considered renewable energy many times over the years. However, being an environmental charity, funds were always focussed on conservation work with every possible measure made to operate sustainably. Having recently reviewed its environmental plan, the Trust decided to go for the big goal of renewable energy across its offices. Winning the M&S Energy Fund for solar panels is a great way to start this project.

Chery Marriott, head of conservation at the Trust, said: “Receiving this grant is great for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the reduced running costs will make a real difference enabling us to spend more on our important work protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places.”

Dee Reeves, trustee at the Trust added: “Our vision is to tread lightly on the planet while protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. Winning the M&S Energy Community Fund is an important kick start and we are all delighted.

"The interest this competition has generated has encouraged our staff, volunteers, supporters and the local community to get behind the renewables message. We are so grateful to all who voted for us. It is thanks to the M&S Energy Fund that we can now start this work.”