Go wild at The Great Heath family fun day
Thursday 13th April 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and partners are celebrating the many benefits The Great Heath Living Landscape project has brought to Dorset’s wildlife and people in the last three years, with its ‘Wild About the Great Heath’ event at Upton Country Park on Sunday 23rd April.
The Great Heath project, which has been led by DWT and made possible with £2.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £2 million from generous donations, allowed the partners to purchase 1500 acres of the Canford Estate in 2014, and then in 2016 launch the Holes Bay Nature Park and the Corfe Barrows Nature Park.
Activities for all ages, & a chance to get up & close with fascinating creatures
DWT Learning and Interpretation Officer, Nicky Hoar said, “We are looking forward to celebrating the first three years of The Great Heath and its wonderful wildlife with our free family fun day. There will be activities for all ages, and a chance to get up close to some fascinating creatures.”
Make the most of wildlife on your doorstep
Work in the local community by all the partners over the last three years has aimed to inspire people living in urban areas to make the most of the wildlife and wild spaces on their doorstep. This event aims to bring together local people who have a new-found love for wildlife on their patch.
Prizes, activities and face painting!
Nicky continues, “Enjoy some wildlife-themed face or arm painting, have a go at wildlife drawing with artist Julie Herring and discover the history and dragons of our heaths. As it is St George’s Day, there will be prizes for the best-dressed child as a knight, dragon or damsel! Also discover traditional woodcrafts when there will be demonstratiions such as the creation of witches’ brooms (besoms), made by Terry Heard using birch from the heaths, and watch whittling and spoon carving by Craig Sellwood.”
We'll see you there!
This is a free event for all the family at Upton Country Park, Poole, BH16 7BJ from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 23rd April. For more information, please visit our event page here or contact Nicky Hoar on 01202 692033.
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 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:
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. Partners also include Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils and Natural England.
The Great Heath project has been made possible by National Lottery Players and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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.
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