Success for ‘Natureworks’ Project
Rockingham Forest Trust is thrilled to announce that it is one of the first environmental projects awarded a grant from the government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund, receiving £128,000 for our ‘Natureworks’ project. The Trust, who manage the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve, is one of just 68 organisations nationwide to receive money in this first round of funding.
A Boost for Nature
Our ‘Natureworks’ project celebrates and supports nature, bringing it centre stage at Stanwick Lakes. Over the next year we will be busy boosting the site’s flora and fauna, from water voles to wading birds and reedbeds to river banks, through a combination of habitat improvements, natural resilience works, and landscape enhancements.
There will be lots of opportunities for local people to get involved, so whether you fancy helping with mammal surveys, or re-wilding your child through our family-friendly activities and events, keep watching this space for more details over the coming weeks and months.
In a year where nature has been so vital to us all it feels particularly important to invest the time and money to ensure that our special habitats at Stanwick Lakes continue to be cared for and enhanced.
The grants, awarded by Defra, range from £62,000 to £3.8 million. This money will help to ensure that thousands of ‘green jobs’ will be retained and also new ones created. The projects are spread across England and will see trees planted and protected, landscapes and damaged habitats such as moorlands, wetlands and forests restored, alongside wider conservation work. The projects will also support environmental education and connecting people with green spaces.
The fund is being delivered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Many thanks to Rodger Yexley, Andrew Williams and Keith Yates for the images.