Lottery grant for wildlife trust

By Barrie Hudson - 27 August 2020

Charity

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has received £249,400 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • Langford Lakes at Steeple Langford is among Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's reserves

    Langford Lakes at Steeple Langford is among Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's reserves

The money is intended to ensure the continuation of work preserving and enhancing the natural environment across the county.

This, the trust says, will include supporting more than 35 existing nature reserves and a contribution towards the new Willows Care Farm, for which fundraising was interrupted by the pandemic.

The care farm will provide nature-based activities for children and young people with special needs and adults facing mental ill-health and other challenges

Debbie Bentley, Trust and Grants Officer at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust said: “Thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now start to look at the future for nature and wildlife in Wiltshire. 

"Environmental charities are one of those that have been significantly impacted by covid-19 and we are sincerely appreciative of the support we have received. 

"I think there’s one thing a lot of people will now agree on, and that is the importance of our outdoor spaces both to nature and to our own wellbeing.  

"We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time – it’s a lifeline to us and others who are passionate about sustaining heritage for the benefit of all.”

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. 

A total of £50m was made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector.

The UK-wide fund was devised to address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

Since lockdown began, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has been working to ensure all its nature reserves remain open, free and safe to visit for staff, volunteers and visitors. 

The trust has also had to cope with increased vandalism and fly-tipping across its sites. Trust staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that essential activities continue to happen, from keeping reserves open to making wellbeing and education programmes adapt to more remote delivery. 

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. 

"All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Wiltshire Wildlife Trust during this uncertain time.”

Like Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. 

Support spans the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes, including heritage of local and national importance. 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications. More information about the support it offers can be found at https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/responding-coronavirus-covid-19

More information about National Lottery causes can be found at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response

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