Green groups across Weymouth & Portland will be “flagging up” the best places for people to learn more about wildlife and the environment at the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.
A set of specially commissioned flags are being raised at eight key locations across the borough, from Lorton Valley, to Radipole Lake and Portland Bill.
The Partnership hopes to inspire local people and visitors to make the most of the amazing environment and variety of wildlife
The flags are being provided by the Natural Weymouth & Portland partnership, which includes, Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Partnership, Natural England, RSPB, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Wild About Weymouth & Portland and Dorset Countryside.
The Partnership hopes to inspire local people and visitors to make the most of the amazing environment and variety of wildlife that lives in and around the borough.
Simon Williams, Head of Weymouth & Portland 2012 Operations, said; “We want visitors not only to enjoy the Games this summer, but also discover what Weymouth & Portland has to offer in terms of the natural environment. Having these flags should prompt people to find out more. At each location we’ll have enthusiastic staff and volunteers on hand to tell people where what there is to see, and where to see it whether that’s the urban wetlands at the in the heart of Weymouth, or the striking rock formations along the Jurassic Coast ”
Local people will benefit from a legacy of access
The flags are just one part of a significant investment in the Borough’s “green infrastructure”. Major improvements have already been made at the RSPB’s Radipole Lake Nature Reserve, and a major revamp of the Chesil Beach Centre on Portland is soon to be complete. Local people will benefit from a legacy of access into more than 200ha of land at Lorton Meadows Nature Park and Portland Quarries Nature Park.”
For further information and to arrange an interview please contact:
Tony Whitehead, South West RSPB Press Officer; Tel 01392 453754 Mobile 0797 621 6919
Partnership Press Contacts:
Julia Pulman, Jurassic Coast Marketing & Communications Officer, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team Tel 01305 224132 Mobile 07730 955624 www.jurassiccoast.org
Paul Gainey, Environment Agency, Tel 01392 442008
Nicky Hoar, Communications Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust Tel 01305 264620 Mobile 07900 402049
Lyndon Marquis, Press Officer, Natural England Tel: 0300 060 4236 Mob: 07786 277223
Matilda Bark, Dorset Coast Forum Officer, Tel: 01305 224833 Web: www.icoast.co.uk
1. Flags will be located at: Radipole Visitor Centre, Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Valley Nature Park, Bayside Festival, Portland Bill TIC, Weymouth TIC, Portland Museum and 360 Arena.
2. The Natural Weymouth & Portland Partnership is made up of Dorset Coast Forum, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Partnership, Natural England, RSPB, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Wild About Weymouth & Portland, Dorset Countryside.The Partnership’s work is based on the ‘five Sustainability Themes’ identified by LOCOG for the Games; Climate Change; Waste; Biodiversity; Inclusion; Healthy Living.
3. The Partnership aims to encourage the public to discover, enjoy and help conserve the natural environment and wildlife, and enable better access through new interactive centres, walks, talks and water based activities such as kayaking
4. The Partnership will have a major presence at the Bayside Festival during the Olympic Games period, with displays and fun activities for everyone. Following significant investment, Radipole Lake and Chesil Beach visitor centres will act as information points, and new visitor access will be in place through the Wild About Weymouth & Portland’s Legacy Trail which runs from Lorton Valley to Portland Bill.
Lorton Meadows Visitor Centre - Dorset Wildlife Trust
King Barrow Quarries view of Jurassic coast and Olympic sailing venue - A Cook