A project has been launched to stimulate wildlife and well-being in a nature reserve in the city.
Peel Park and the Coppice Local Nature Reserve in Accrington, Lancashire, were chosen for the project which aims to improve the well-being of people and manage wildlife habitats.
The project, which is led by the Prospects Foundation in partnership with the Ribble Rivers Trust and the Hyndburn Borough Council as part of the Health & Environmental Action Lancashire (HEAL) program, will run until March 2023.
It will aim to offer residents “good ways to enjoy the natural spaces next door, with activities suitable for all”.
Gemma McMullan, Local Nature Reserve Project Manager, will lead the project on behalf of the Prospects Foundation and help coordinate a range of forest, heath and grassland management activities to improve biodiversity and tackle invasive species. .
The Ribble Rivers Trust will work on a new wetland that will provide natural flood risk management and new wildlife habitat, and Hyndburn Borough Council will support the creation of new trails on the site to improve accessibility.
There will also be a series of healthy walks to help people get out into nature and improve their well-being.
In addition, seeds from local trees are collected for sowing in a new micro-nursery, where up to 1,500 tree seedlings will be grown for use in future forest creation projects.
The project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Volunteers are also needed for the project which will coordinate 1,000 hours of volunteering and volunteers will receive training to develop their skills and knowledge in conservation management, ecological studies and species identification.
If you would like to join us as a volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 01254 230348 or call the Prospects Foundation Environment Center at 54 Broadway, Accrington.