MAJOR urban wildlife Project CELEBRATES A GREENER, MORE NATURALLY HEALTHY, wildlife-friendly TOWN
Somerset Wildlife Trust announces major half term event programme to celebrate the success of Routes to The River Tone project
23rd January, 2017 - Somerset Wildlife Trust’s most successful urban wildlife projects, Routes To The River Tone is delighted to announce ‘Celebration Of The River Tone’ – an entire week of nature-based activities for all at half term. The celebration is aimed to give people the opportunity to enjoy, discover and explore the town’s amazing green spaces, wild places and the stunning wildlife that lives along the river. The event aims to inspire people to support our ongoing work to reconnect people with nature and reap the health and wellbeing benefits of spending quality time outdoors.
The Routes to The River Tone project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional support from Viridor Waste Management, was launched in 2014. Over the past three years the project has worked with local people and partnership organisations to provide a wide range of public events, school wildplay sessions, citizen science projects, interpretation for greenspaces, community gardens, trails (art, history, misguided, story and geocaching) and opportunities to get involved in practical conservation.
Nick Tomlinson, Routes the The River Tone Manager comments, “We really weren’t prepared for the overwhelming response we received when we started to talk to people from the communities, neighbourhoods, schools and community groups across Taunton. The cumulative amount of passion, enthusiasm and interest that people have shown over the past three years and the popularity of the events we have put on, really shows that people in Taunton really do value nature and understand how critical it is that we make ourselves responsible for ensuring our wild places are still there to enjoy going forwards.
Once people are helped to discover the natural places on their own doorstep, they value their local greenspace even more and have a greater desire to look after it. We are very proud of what the project has achieved and I am really excited about the programme of events we have put together with partners and local community groups to celebrate the successes of the last three years.”
Simon Nash, CEO Somerset Wildlife Trust adds, “Community based support for involvement and engagement with the environment is the key to the long term, sustainable management of Taunton’s wild and open spaces, as well as the health and wellbeing of the communities that surround them. Projects such as this one leave a significant and lasting legacy that can be taken beyond the life of the project itself and owned by the people who enjoy these places the most.”
Monday 13th Litter picking, Tuesday 14th Build a bird Home, Thursday 16th Story Trail
Saturday February 18th, River of Light Finale,
You can take a look at the event programme here - Celebrate the River Tone