National Lottery visit celebrates The Great Heath Project success
Thursday 31st August 2017
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has received a visit from Sir Peter Luff, the Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Stephen Boyce, Chair of the HLF South West Committee, and John Glen, Arts, Heritage and Tourism Minister, to celebrate the success of DWT’s National Lottery funded projects including The Great Heath Living Landscape and the Wildlife Skills training programme.
The group also met trainees on the Wildlife Skills programme that is funded by National Lottery players through HLF’s Skills for the Future initiative. Conservation staff then showed the visitors around some key sites within The Great Heath, including the Holes Bay Nature Park, Upton Heath nature reserve and Corfe Barrows Nature Park.
The Great Heath Living Landscape project received £2.7 million of National Lottery funding from HLF in 2014, enabling DWT and partners to purchase 1435 acres of land from the Canford Estate. This created a network of connected sites with high quality access and information boards for the public and provided a range of new opportunities for people to enjoy and learn about local wildlife.
Stephen Boyce, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West Committee, said,
“Heritage is so often thought to be just buildings and museums, but natural heritage, such as parks, landscapes and biodiversity programmes, play an important part in all our lives. Heritage will only be of value to people if it’s used by people, and to achieve this we must put people at the heart of the natural environment. We’re very grateful to National Lottery players, as this money has enabled us to make investments into projects like this [The Great Heath] which is a wonderful example of what can be achieved for people and wildlife.”
DWT Director of Operations, Brian Bleese, said, “The impact of National Lottery funding on our natural heritage as part of The Great Heath Living Landscape project, is enormous. Through this project, HLF has enabled DWT to secure many important heritage assets and to engage people of all backgrounds with nature on their doorstep in urban areas.”
Heritage Minister John Glen said: “The National Lottery funds amazing projects up and down the country and it was fantastic to see the positive impact it’s having on preserving Dorset’s natural heritage. The Great Heath Living is not only helping to conserve precious habitat but, through their dedicated volunteers and trainees, is also encouraging residents and visitors to learn more about this stunning landscape.”
The Great Heath project saw the launch of the Holes Bay Nature Park and the Corfe Barrows Nature Park in 2016.
Explore The Great Heath
To explore The Great Heath and find out how to get involved and find a nature reserve near you, visit The Great Heath website 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 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.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported. For more information contact Rebecca Harris, HLF press office, on 020 7591 6027 or
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