Lynn’s Dow Chemical Co is committed to serving the community where it has been based for the past 58 years.
During that time it has forged strong links with local groups and organisations, helped with funding a wide range of projects and given hands on support to worthy causes.
So it was with great pride that the company in Estuary Road, lifted the 2014 Mayor’s Business Award for Contribution to the Community presented in recognition for all its hard work to benefit people living in West Norfolk.
The company, which has produced Styrofoam at its Lynn site for 40 years along with insecticide and fungicide products, aims to get behind projects which support science education along with those which have a positive impact on the environment.
Site leader Julian Beresford-Peirse said: “Winning this award means a great deal to everyone on the Dow site, especially those who give up their free time to make a difference in their local community. Whether it is through our support for the local environment, for disability sport in and around Lynn or for our encouragement of local schoolchildren through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative, we all feel extremely proud to have made a difference.”
Over the last five years Dow has worked closely with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and provided funding which enabled the trust to buy 50 hectares of land known as the Delft, at Gaywood valley next to Roydon Common. This partnership reflects Dow’s sustainability and biodiversity visions as the area is gradually being brought back to natural heath land which in turn provides a valuable wildlife habitat for certain species of plant life, insects and birds.
Dow has donated Styrofoam to students building nesting rafts for terns at Thorpe Marshes and also large containers to carry water for ponies which roam on the common land.
Dow works closely with local primary schools as part of the NWT Education programme. The winning schools are normally selected at the Education Awards. Dow also supports this year’s Environmental Award category of the Education Awards at Lynnsport in November. Secondary schools in the area have been privileged to see the theatrical play, “If Chloe Can”, founded by former MP Ester McVey, as part of STEM.
The company continues to support the Disabled Fishing Club’s Dow Cup match event, and is a staunch supporter of the Riding for the Disabled Association at the Magpie Centre at Wallington Hall.
It has also expanded the Mini/Adult Kandoo Club for youngsters with disabilities, and supports two further Adaptive Sports Day at Lynnsport.
Dow Chemical has supported Festival Too since 1985 and prior to that Lynn Festival for more than 40 years,