24th Jun, 2019

Nature reserves secure thousands in lottery funding

Ian Hughes 11th Jun, 2019

NATURE reserves in Warwick district are being given a helping hand by lottery chiefs.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) has been awarded almost £75,000 to support communities to get involved with volunteering at Oakley Wood and Leam Valley nature reserves.

The funding will help run taster sessions allowing people interested in volunteering to give it a go. The project also aims to bring people together to learn new skills and meet new friends.

The volunteers will help develop and maintain the nature reserves by managing the woodland, creating hedgerows and keeping footpaths clear.

There will also be regular events, where communities can take part in bat walks, moth nights, bird-watching and guided walks.

WWT development director Amanda Evans said: “It’s fantastic to be awarded National Lottery funding so we can see our Leamington’s Green Connections project come to life.

“Volunteering has so many positives and we can’t wait to get local people involved in our activities, improving their mental health and fitness, whilst benefiting our local green spaces.

“People will also have the opportunity to take part in training sessions on first aid and health and safety, so in the future they can lead on activities and community events.”

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