Cheque presentation at Poole Grammar School
(L-R) Nicky Hoar, DWT Conservation Officer, Student, Adam Hinks and Headteacher Ian Carter © Susie Gouveia.
Pupils and staff from Poole Grammar school have shown their support to wildlife in Dorset by donating £660.84 to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT’s) Urban Wildlink Appeal in support of DWT’s most ambitious conservation project, The Great Heath Living Landscape.
A non-school uniform day was organised by student, Adam Hinks, to raise money for wildlife in the local area.
Bursar and Clerk to the Governors of Poole Grammar school, Johnathan Stiby, said, “The pupils and staff of Poole Grammar School are delighted to support Dorset Wildlife Trust, which has been so helpful with the school’s Green Week which takes place each year in May. We are keen to support local charities and organisations when we can, and are really pleased that this particular donation can be used to help protect key wildlife habitats within our local community.”
Bringing The Great Heath to life
The money will be donated to Urban Wildlink, which aims to raise the funds needed to secure ownership of 1435 acres of wildlife-rich land, currently being sold by the historic Canford Estate. Once secured, the land will form the foundation of the development of an ambitious new partnership venture ‘The Great Heath Living Landscape’ which will be delivered across south-east Dorset.
Nicky Hoar, Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “This generous donation shows how much the students of Poole Grammar School care about their local environment, which is what Urban Wildlink is all about. The school is very close to two of the sites that the project partners aim to buy so it is especially important to have this support for our aims to create Dorset’s first urban living landscape. Thank you!”
A place that people can enjoy, which is also rich in wildlife
The new Great Heath Living Landscape reflects the joint human and natural history of the area, with its diverse landscape of heathland, farmland, woods, wetlands and harbours. DWT and its partners want the Great Heath Living Landscape to be rich in wildlife, highly valued, and enjoyed and nurtured by people to create an environment where the people of the conurbation of Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset feel connected to nature.
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 and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Following the grant of development funding of £85,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, DWT has applied for a further £2.4 million to fund The Great Heath Living Landscape. The public appeal aims to raise the remaining £300,000.
How you can help
For more information or to donate, please visit visit The Great Heath Website
Notes to Editor
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.
Urban Wildlink 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 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 Urban Wildlink Project cost will be £4.4 million, we have already secured £1.69 million, are applying for 2nd stage funding of £2.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and need to raise a further £300,000 by public appeal.