Carrier bag funding set to help families discover nature in Dorset
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and Southern Co-op are joining forces again to help local families get out and about in nature.
Research by the Wildlife Trusts has found that over three quarters of parents were concerned that children don’t spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife.
Last year’s successful My Wild Neighbourhood campaign saw thousands of free Wildlife Trust outdoor activity guides distributed in Southern Co-op stores. This year’s campaign aims to continue to help families get outside and explore wildness in their neighbourhoods by joining in with one of our many family events, at Lorton Meadows in Weymouth, or on Brownsea Island in Poole harbour.
The campaign is supported by proceeds from the carrier bag charge, distributed by Southern Co-op to local community causes. The funding is helping to support DWT family events and nature clubs which provide young people will regular nature-based activities within local communities, including activities such as investigating animal tracks and signs, and hunting for bugs and butterflies.
DWT’s Communications Officer, Sally Welbourn, said, “DWT has lots of opportunities for children and families to get hands on with wildlife and explore the nature on their doorstep. We believe it’s really important to educate and inspire the next generation of conservationists, so money from the Southern Co-op helps us continue to provide a programme of events to get them started.”
Jessica Hughes, Communications and Community Engagement Manager for Southern Co-op said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Wildlife Trusts’ work to help families get in touch with nature, because we believe in putting funds back in the communities that helped to raise them.”
To find out when Dorset Wildlife Trust’s next events are, visit our events page here.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
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 27,000 members and 44 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve and the Kingcombe Centre, Brownsea Island Nature Reserve, The Fine Foundation Marine Centre 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.
About My Wild Neighbourhood
My Wild Neighbourhood is a new campaign by Southern Co-op and Wildlife Trusts in the southern region to help families get outside and explore wilderness in their neighbourhoods. The initiative is supported by proceeds from the carrier bag levy collected by The Southern Co-operative, distributed through their Love Your Neighbourhood programme. For more information visit www.wildlifetrusts.org/MyWildNeighbourhood
About Southern Co-op
Southern Co-op (thesouthernco-operative.co.uk) is an independently owned regional co-operative society based in southern England. The society operates around 250 community food stores and funeral branches across Berkshire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire.
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