(Above) Community Group in Alderney Community Garden © Vicky Ashley
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and Poole Housing Partnership have launched a project to create a brand new wild flower meadow with the local community in Alderney West in Poole.
This new project has received a generous donation of £1,500 funded by the ‘Grow Wild’ community project, which is part of a £10.5m programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, to inspire people to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers.
The launch event on Thursday 16th April, celebrated this funding, and also saw the local community group sowing the first seeds to create a wild flower meadow next to the Alderney West Community Garden.
It gets everyone together to do something positive
Jane Ford is a community group member. She said, “The group see sowing the wildlife meadow as sowing seeds for the future of the community, insects and animals. It’s also great fun and gets everyone together to do something positive for the area.”
DWT’s Great Heath Community Conservation Officer, Katie Wilkinson, said: “The Great Heath team is delighted to be part of this project because it benefits both wildlife and people. Planting the meadow has brought together the community in Alderney and as the year goes on, there will also be something colourful for locals to enjoy in an urban setting. Wild flowers are also very important for pollinating insects such as bees, so there’s a benefit to wildlife, too.”
Local people can make a difference to where they live
New Roots Coordinator for Poole Housing Partnership, Clare Sutton, said, “Poole Housing Partnership is very excited to be working with Dorset Wildlife trust and the local community to create a beautiful wildflower meadow. It really does show how local people can make a real difference to where they live.
How to get involved
If you are interested in helping out with the wild flower meadow in Alderney West Gardens, please contact Clare Sutton at or phone 01202 264316.
To find out more about wildlife friendly gardening in your local green space, visit our wildlife gardening pages or phone 01305 264620.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Great Heath Living Landscape an Urban Living Landscape in Dorset will deliver the following exciting objectives:
- To provide enhanced opportunities for visitors and local residents to enjoy and learn about the area's fantastic natural heritage
- To improve physical access to local green space close to high density urban areas
- To develop relationships with local landowners in order to enhance conservation management of land in private ownership and to open up access to more greenspace in the area.
- To provide increased involvement and volunteering opportunities for people in a variety of wildlife habitats on the urban margin
- To improve access to the marine environment on the fringes of Poole Harbour to improve its conservation value and increase public awareness and enjoyment
Sites include land at Hampreston and High Mead Lane, Award Road, Ferndown Common, Delph Wood, Arrowsmith Copse, Dunyeats Hill, Corfe Lodge Road, Upton Heath, Beacon Hill, Cottage Farm (Happy Bottom), Ashington Paddock, Barrow Hill, Wimborne Road, Rushcombe Bottom, Parley Common, Tricketts Cross, Lytchett Bay and Holes Bay.
The full Great Heath Living Landscape project will cost will be £4.7 million, we have already secured £2 million and have been awarded £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise further funds by public appeal.
The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership project involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. The project is supported by Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 36,000 projects with £6bn across the UK. For more information, please contact Katie Owen, HLF press office, on tel: 020 7591 6036/07973 613820.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good-cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and awards grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since June 2004 BIG has awarded over £5 billion to communities across the UK. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Grow Wild is a dynamic £10.5 million programme to bring people and communities together to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers. Supported by the BIG lottery fund and led by the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Grow Wild aims to inspire people to get together to transform unloved urban sites, gardens and windowsills into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches. www.growwilduk.com facebook.com/growwilduk twitter.com/growwilduk