A CLOTHING company is donating more than half of its profits from its new range to help fund projects in the Forest of Bowland.

The Bowland Clothing Company will give 60 per cent of its new ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB) range profits to the Champion Bowland charity.

The line includes sweatshirts, polo shirts, gilets, baseball caps and jackets.

The money will go towards grant funding that can help develop environmental projects in the Forest of Bowland AONB.

Owner of the Ribchester-based company, Tony Walters, 65, said: “Donating a percentage of our profits to Champion Bowland helps us to give something back to the local area.

“I grew up in the Ribble Valley and have always had a love for the area.

“I had worked in the fashion industry for many years and have been all over the world with it.

“The Forest of Bowland is such a beautiful place and its amazing how its almost relatively unspoiled by development.

“We need to keep it that way and by helping projects throughout the area we can help retain its beauty.

“Our range has been born out of a desire to produce high quality garments which not only look good, but perform well too.”

Among the events that take place throughout the year in the area include walks, exhibitions, school workshops and storytelling sessions.

Projects eligible for funding must be able to improve, conserve and protect the landscape and habitats in the Forest of Bowland AONB.

Paul Reynolds, Champion Bowland trustee, said: “Donations from the sale of The Bowland Clothing Company’s new range will help us support projects working to protect its natural and cultural heritage and community life.

“We are very pleased for these donations.”

To find out more about the clothing line, visit www.thebowlandclothingcompany.com.