What is Nextdoor Nature?
Every one of us can make a difference to bring back nature and tackle climate change, by taking small actions that add up to big changes. Thanks to £5 million funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Nextdoor Nature programme has been launched to bring nature to the heart of communities across the UK, and leave a lasting natural legacy in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
In Dorset, the Nextdoor Nature project will be empowering communities, including minority communities and people with disabilities, to get involved with transformational micro-projects to help nature thrive and make the places where they live, work and visit greener - so that everyone can benefit.
Building on the success of the Urban Green project which helped community groups in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area to work together to transform their green spaces, we will provide the advice and support that people and communities need to take care of the places that matter to them, in ways that are right for them.
With the help of Dorset Wildlife Trust's Urban Green project, a group of local people transformed the green space in the heart of Bournemouth town centre at St Peter's Church - watch their story and hear how connecting with nature has transformed their lives too.
Linking up with The Wildlife Trusts for Nextdoor Nature reminded me that nature is all around us – it is us. Let’s stay tapped in with the natural world.
Nextdoor Nature projects could include:
- Empowering people to create wilder, green places on their doorsteps, helping nature to thrive
- Helping young people to develop the skills they need to act as environmental champions in their local areas
- Supporting communities with initiatives to improve the green spaces where they live
Want to know what's happening in Dorset?
Can't wait to get started?
Here are a few ideas that you can get on with right away! For a beautiful wildlife-friendly, happy street, why not get your neighbours involved too.