Intact awarded over £ 214,000 from the National Lottery
The Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (Intact) received a grant of £ 214,200 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting new heritage project, ‘Delivering Digital Dobcroft’, in Ingol and Tanterton, Preston.
Made possible by money raised by players in the National Lottery, the project will offer a comprehensive volunteer program and partner with wildlife specialists, schools and universities to ensure the long-term sustainability of our reserve. natural from Dobcroft. Work will begin in October 2021 after the successful recruitment of a Natural Heritage Wellbeing Coordinator.
Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will encourage broad community ownership in an urban environment and help local people develop their skills, understanding and knowledge of natural heritage and biodiversity.
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The project will ensure that Dobcroft, which is an urban wildlife refuge for the protection of the Great Crested Newt, will be more accessible, better conserved and protected for future generations.
This exciting new project will create a flagship digital engagement tool “Virtual Dobcroft” to provide digital access to our reserve through our website. The creation of a ‘360 degree virtual tour’ of our reserve will serve as an online platform to display and share information, photos, documents and resources created as part of the project. This will create a rich learning environment where more people from Preston and surrounding areas, and anywhere online, experience “natural heritage”.
Operating locally for 28 years, Intact provides a basic, multi-faceted community center accessible to people of all ages, in the heart of the Ingol and Tanterton neighborhoods in Preston. Intact is an organization that works with a wide range of people and this project will recruit and train over 45 new and existing volunteers for land management tasks, engagement and digital champion roles.
Funding will help organize nature-themed activities such as species surveys / identification, walks, lectures, crested newt sessions, pond dives, onsite and online courses. Intact will host heritage open days, guided walks and a range of nature-based excursions.
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Working with heritage professionals will help involve wildlife experts and volunteers to conduct flora and fauna surveys and help develop scientific interest in the reserve, by establishing links with academics from universities and colleges.
Commenting on the award, Denise Hartley MBE said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this support through the National Lottery players and are confident that the project will ensure that our local nature reserve will be a place in the community that many many local families, children and adults can access and enjoy it for many years.
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Gillian Blackburn, a land management volunteer, said: “Being involved has provided me with a very special opportunity to volunteer in a green space in an ever-changing urban environment. I live there and did not have any garden space during the recent closures.
“So Dobcroft has been central to my physical and mental health during the tough times. I am delighted to hear about the successful funding of its life-sustaining continuation and the opportunities it offers to future volunteers and the general public. “
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