The Tees Valley Nature Partnership has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Tees Valley Wild Green Spaces project, it was announced today. The project will work to increase the wildlife of public open spaces across the Tees Valley and provide opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in learning about their local wildlife and how to care for it.
Development funding of £11,200 has also been awarded to help The Tees Valley Local Nature Partnership progress their plans with partners to apply for a full grant of £480,000 in 2014.
The new initiative will involve a wide range of community and youth groups in making small scale sustainable wildlife conservation projects on a wide selection of public green spaces throughout the Tees Valley through volunteer programmes of practical biodiversity recording and practical conservation work. Also planned are a wealth of opportunities for people to enjoy, learn and care for their local biodiversity through programmes of walks, family fun days, wildlife surveys, and conservation taster events.
The project will increase the natural environment skills base in the Tees Valley through local volunteers and young people gaining training in biodiversity identification and recording and nature conservation management of green spaces. Young people will gain practical work based experience that will enable them to gain nationally recognised qualifications.
Information on the project contact Susan Antrobus, TVNP Development Manger, [email protected]
Information on the Heritage Lottery Fund