Tees Valley wildlife receives boost from Heritage Lottery Fund

Tees Valley Wild Green PlacesTees Valley Wildlife receives boost from Heritage Lottery Fund

The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust are announcing today a new initiative that will  involve community groups, volunteers and young people in making the  public green places across the Tees Valley better for wildlife.

The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has received a confirmed grant of £425,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) today for the Tees Valley Wild Green Places Project

The five year project aims to increase appreciation and understanding of the wildlife of public open spaces in the Tees Valley and increase the skills of local people to record and care for this wildlife. The new Wild Green Places project will work with twenty local community wildlife groups across the Tees Valley to carry out nature conservation projects that will create and restore habitats for wildlife on public green places across the Tees Valley.

There will also be a wealth of opportunities to engage local people of all ages to enjoy learn and care for their local wildlife through programmes of walks, family fun days, wildlife surveys, and conservation events. Training programmes will provide volunteers with skills in wildlife recording and caring for wildlife. In addition young people will gain work based countryside and creative skills through accredited training, student placements and a Wildlife Trust Trainee programme. This will be delivered in partnership with Cleveland College of Art and Design and Askam Bryan College

Jeremy Garside, Chief Executive of Tees Valley Wildlife Trust says  “We are delighted to receive support for this project. With the help of local communities we are going to create and manage sites for wildlife right across the Tees Valley; green places that are going to be accessible and provide new opportunities for everyone.”

 Ivor Crowther, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “A mosaic of habitats and a wide variety of green spaces – from country parks to allotments – form Tees Valley’s natural heritage and we’re pleased to support the Wildlife Trust as it restores and protects it for future generations to enjoy. This is an engaging project which will actively involve the local community, especially young people, as they gain the skills and enthusiasm – vital for the future custodians of our natural heritage.”