It is about how the project improves health and wellbeing
THIS week marks the start of an exciting initiative for Avon Wildlife Trust, which will help engage communities with nature. There was a launch event on Tuesday of the Trust's 'Communities and Nature' (CAN) project in Weston- super-Mare, with other activities planned for Bristol and Bath.
The Trust has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme, which will enable two staff members and many volunteers to engage with local people from six key areas.
Our objectives for the 'Communities and Nature' project are ambitious, and we will need to work closely with partners, but most importantly it will be local groups and individuals who will be crucial to its long-term impact and sustainability.
Success won't be measured in the number of bulbs planted, bird boxes built, and ponds created, but the difference the initiative is making to communities and people's lives.
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It is about how the project improves health and wellbeing, self-confidence, social skills and community cohesion, and reduces isolation.
The key areas benefiting from the Trust's project are Hartcliffe, Withywood, Southmead, Barton Hill, Easton and Bedminster in Bristol; South Ward in Weston-super-Mare; and Twerton and Whiteway in Bath.
It will focus on groups and individuals from young people and elders, adults with learning disabilities and people recovering from mental health issues, to refugees and low-income families. Activities such as planting wildflowers will of course help nature, including pollinating insects such as bees.
It will also help to create a "living landscape", providing food and shelter for wildlife to thrive, and creating wildlife-friendly links between parks, gardens, and nature reserves.
Much of CAN's approach and work will be quite simple, and harks back to a slower pace of life. There will be healthy walks, food growing, family events and improving green spaces for people to relax and enjoy nature.
For people aged 16 to 25, the initiatives will include sound and video activities to inspire them to become 'CAN Young Leaders' in their community. It will also bring different people together to experience and celebrate wildlife and the outdoors.
We are encouraging people in Hartcliffe, Withywood, Southmead, Barton Hill, Easton and Bedminster to contact the Avon Wildlife Trust team on 0117 980 0393 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, to give us their ideas for Communities and Nature.
Avon Wildlife Trust is the local wildlife charity, supported by 16,500 members, dedicated to securing wildlife and to inspiring people. Please go to avonwildlifetrust.org.uk for information about nature reserves, walks, its projects and educational work, plus ways to support the charity, including membership.
Kelly Bray is Avon Wildlife Trust's Communities and Nature Senior Project Officer