Annual Trustee Report 2021
Annual Trustee Report 2021:
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund trustees are pleased to present the annual trustee report and financial accounts for the year to 31st December 2021.
Although the UK continued to face significant challenges relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, Rees Jeffreys Road Fund was able to continue to support projects to improve roads across the UK, in terms of design, engineering and aesthetics.
Chairman of Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Trustees David Tarrant said, “2021 has proven to be one of the busiest and most productive years for the Fund and highlighted the flexibility that exists for the Fund to take on and deliver new ideas and projects in short timescales. Our aim is to maintain the momentum into 2022 with the culmination of our 150 competition and a full programme of investment in bursaries, research and physical projects which will be of benefit to everyone who uses or is impacted by our roads.”
The Fund awarded a total of £327,641 in grants, bursaries and awards in the year. You can read more about the grants and bursaries awarded here.
Highlights for the year included the launch of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund 150 Competition, celebrating 150 years since the birth of our founder William Rees Jeffreys, with the aim of identifying new creative and innovative ideas for the future of our roads. We receive over 150 entries to the Competition, which were whittled down to 7 finalists and prize winning primary and secondary schools. You can read about the finalists and prize winners here, and about our final joint winners here and here.
Despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, a number of projects supported by the Fund successfully completed in the year, including:
- A new area of the road to enable access to the historic Halnaker Windmill and Tunnel of Trees in West Sussex
- The development of five successful projects by emerging career professionals as part of the Future Transport Visions Group programme.
- The Prestigious CIEEM Best Practice Knowledge Sharing Award for Plantlife, for the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund supported project sharing best practice in management of grassland road verges.
A copy of our published report and accounts for the year to 31st December 2021 can be found here.