Joy as project picks up award

Staff and volunteers at the ‘Wild about Tamworth’ project are celebrating after it picked up an award for its work in the community.

The project has been awarded the Heart of England in Bloom Community Achievement Award.

Set up in 2003, Wild about Tamworth aims to improve wildlife areas in Tamworth through working in partnership with Tamworth Borough Council and local community groups.

Judges stated that the project has become “a very impressive example of bringing a range of communities from across the Borough together to improve their local environment in a cohesive and sustainable manner.”

Wild about Tamworth helped to establish local community conservation groups on 6 sites across Tamworth including Dosthill Park, Hodge Lane and Kettle Brook Local Nature Reserves, to manage and improve them for both people and wildlife.

It also gives local schools and other youth groups the chance to use the local nature reserves as an educational tool to support their learning. Over a thousand children have received environmental education through the project in the last two years.

The project runs activity and training days throughout the year, including the Big Tree Plant Campaign, which planted over a thousand trees last year, Wigginton Park tree trail and Hodge Lane planting day, which recently created a new wetland habitat at the reserve.

Lindsey Bates, Wild about Tamworth project officer said: “We would like to say a big well done to all volunteers involved in the project and an even bigger thank you for all the hard work and dedication put in by volunteers on the sites around Tamworth.

New volunteers are always welcome to join in with practical conservation tasks and activities taking place around Tamworth with any of the conservation groups."

For more information visit http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/page/wild-about-tamworth or contact Lindsey Bates on 01827 59912.


 

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