A colourful new vehicle is hitting Cumbria’s roads as we unveil our new van decorated with drawings by local children.
A ‘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.
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 our new children’s book, The Adventurous Salmon.
The winners and runners-up were:
Jodie Mills, Operations Director, 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.”
We’ve been growing steadily in recent years, attracting funding for an increasing number of conservation projects on West Cumbria’s rivers and lakes. The new vehicle will help our 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.