Development of new wetland nature reserve recieves £607,000 boost
Thursday 31st July
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has been succesful in securing over £1 million of funding towards our most successful fundraising campaign for a conservation project in our 50 year history. Thanks to a grant of £607,000 from the heritage Lottery Fund we can now purchase the land at Blott's Pit and deliver an exciting programme of activities including habitat restoration, events and training. Efforts to save the land at Blotts Pit, at Holme Pierrpont, Nottingam, were triggered by concerns over its future, expressed to the Wildlife Trust by its members and members of the public. The HLF grant will be added to £300,000 received from the Environment Agency, significant contributions from Lafarge Tarmac and Rushcliffe Borough Council and over £90,000 from local donations.
In addtion to carrying out vital habitat restoration work and improvements to access and interpretation, the funding will enable the Wildlife Trust to work with Nottinghamshire County Council's community archaeology team to deliver a three year programme of events, activities and training, particularly focussed on schools, young people and families. The activities will explore the human heritage of the nature reserve and the wider Trent Valley.
Speaking about the HLF support Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Chairman Valerie Holt said: "We're delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund and others have chosen to support the purchase of land at Blotts Pit and the creation of the largest nature reserve in Rushcliffe. Our efforts to safeguard the future of this site were kick started by concern from members of the public over its future. In addtion to securing the future of the land we hope that this project will act as a catalyst to link wildlife conservation, archaeology and volunteering, through providing opportunities for people across Rushcliffe and Nottingham City."
Others who have supported our fundraing appeal include:
The Dunn Family Trust
Linmardon Charitable Trust
Helen Jean Cope Charitable Trust
William Dean Countryside Trust
Clarke Bradbury Trust
Charles Littlewood Hill Charitable Trust
Lady Hind Trust
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