The Dunsmore Living Landscape Partnership has received funding from Severn Trent to improve education grounds and community green spaces for nature. The new project, Wilder Communities, is part of Severn Trent’s Great Big Nature Boost scheme, which aims to boost nature across 5000ha of land in the Severn Trent region by 2027.
Over 2021/22, the Dunsmore Living Landscape team are going to be creating and enhancing habitats with communities to help transform the environment we live in: restoring, recreating and reconnecting wildlife rich spaces for the benefit of nature and people. Enhancements are fully funded and include work such as wildflower sowing, tree and hedge planting and pond creation.
The project plays a vital part in Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s strategic plans for a wilder future, whilst supporting The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 by 30 campaign. This aims for at least 30% of our land and sea to be connected and protected for nature’s recovery by 2030, making more space for nature and helping to tackle the three biggest environmental challenges facing us today; the ecological crisis, the climate crisis and the human health crisis, where people are increasingly disconnected from nature.
It’s also a great opportunity to empower communities to take action for wildlife and use these spaces as a resource for learning and exploring the natural world, whilst fostering pride, belonging and involvement in the community.
The State of Nature report tells us that 41% of UK species are in decline; it is clear that we need more people than ever to champion nature’s recovery in order to reverse this trend.