Cheque presentation with (L-R) Warren Haskins, DWT Urban and East Manager Nicki Brunt and DWT Director of Operations Brian Bleese © Sally Welbourn
Below: Holes Bay © Tony Bates
A generous donation of £5,000 from Haskins Garden Centres Ltd has enabled Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) and its partners to reach the match-funding target for a grant of £2.7 million from the HLF for the Great Heath Living Landscape project.
The project will protect and manage land which provides wildlife-rich habitat for rare and threatened species, including the Dartford Warbler and all six UK reptiles, such as the nationally rare smooth snake and sand lizard, which are both found on Dorset heathland.
"I’m delighted that these areas are now to be protected by the trust"
Warren Haskins, Chairman of Haskins Garden Centres Ltd, which has a branch in Ferndown, said that he was pleased that he and other local businesses are supporting the project: “As a child living in the region I explored many of the local heaths and woodland and enjoyed the variety of wildlife to be seen. I’m delighted that these areas are now to be protected by the trust.”
"We are very grateful to Haskins Garden Centres for this generous donation"
DWT’s Director of Operations, Brian Bleese said: “We are very grateful to Haskins Garden Centres for this generous donation which has helped DWT to reach its fundraising target for the Great Heath Living Landscape Project. We are pleased that so many individuals, schools local groups and businesses, both large and small have recognised the importance of this project for both people and wildlife and have chosen to support it.”
The Great Heath Living Landscape project will manage this land for the benefit of both wildlife and people.
With help from the HLF grant and £2 million of local fundraising, DWT and partners have now purchased nearly 1500 acres of wildlife-rich land in east Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The Great Heath Living Landscape project will manage this land for the benefit of both wildlife and people.
Activities include events and volunteering activities to get local people involved
The next phase of the project will create an enhanced access network across the whole area and will deliver thousands of opportunities for people to learn about, enjoy and help to conserve their natural heritage. Activities include events and volunteering activities to get local people involved with wildlife conservation in the area.
The Great Heath Living Landscape Project still needs funds for associated projects to enable long-term management of the sites we have purchased, such as improving access, management of the land and site interpretation. To donate to the project, and find out about events and volunteering, please click here
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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 purchased 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.
Partners involved include: The Great Heath Living Landscape is a partnership of Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Erica Trust, Poole Harbour Commissioners, Borough of Poole, Dorset County Council Countryside Service and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. The project is supported by Bournemouth Borough Council. Christchurch Borough Council, East Dorset District Council and Natural England.
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.
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 or click here to visit their website