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NWT helps Norfolk's coastal communities care for their environment

Thursday 19 May, 2022

Free environmental workshops and project grants available for local communities to enable action.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is supporting The Resilient Coast Project, run by the Norfolk Coast Partnership (NCP) by delivering a series of free environmental workshops for communities along the coast.

The project aims to empower and engage communities to support for wildlife and nature across the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a designated landscape of remarkable natural beauty, under intense environmental pressure, including climate change.

Funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, this project supports communities to take immediate action to connect, maintain and improve their local environment, and to plan future improvements. This project aims to create engaged communities and a much more integrated area, actively managed for nature and with increased resilience all along the coast.

The project kicks off with a launch event and day of free, guided, species ID walks at NWT Cley Marshes Visitor Centre on May 28th from 10am to 5pm.

Following this, we’ll be offering an extensive series of free environmental covering skills including:

· Creating mini meadows and verges as stepping stones for grassland wildlife

· Identifying plants, including common families and representative species of flowers

· Making a wildflower meadow, including sourcing the plants

· Producing a nature recovery plan

· Learning how to help wildlife in your own outdoor space


Workshops are free, booking essential. For more details or to book, visit: www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/riverandcoastworkshops

Norfolk Coast Partnership is also offering grants from £250-£2,500 to organisations across the coast who have a nature-based project that will deliver environmental impact for the AONB.

Visit norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk/project/resilient-coast for more information.

Councillor Andrew Jamieson, Chair of Norfolk Coast Partnership, said: “These workshops and the associated small grants will help people living on our beautiful coast create projects which will see nature recovery made a reality. The project is aimed at helping people at a very local level make changes which will have a positive impact for years to come. I would encourage as many people as possible to come to the workshops and consider putting in a relevant application for a project grant.”

Gemma Walker, Senior Community Engagement Officer, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, said: “The Norfolk coast is one the most biodiverse areas in the UK. As well as protecting wildlife on nature reserves, it is vital that we work together with our communities to protect and restore the wider natural landscape. We are very pleased to be working with the Norfolk Coast Partnership through this series of wildlife workshops, aimed at helping our coastal communities develop skills and knowledge in how to manage areas for wildlife.”

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