Tewkesbury Nature Reserve (TNR) provides a unique living laboratory for outdoor learning and recreation across its 44 hectare site. The Green Lung project focuses on ‘connecting people with nature’ for mutual recovery in this urban floodplain setting.
Urban floodplain nature reserves bring particular challenges with competing interests (nature, farming, recreation, infrastructure, floods), and diverse communities with different drivers, knowledge, skills and values. Acting as unique ‘green lungs’, they have potential to intertwine recovery for nature and humans. This call offers opportunities to step-change delivery of TNR’s Learning and Outreach Strategy; hence the creation of the Green Lung project.
TNR will collaborate with a wide range of local organisations in delivering an 18 month programme of outdoor learning for diverse groups, prioritising young people, and promoting personal health and wellbeing, care of others and environmental stewardship. The project will support two new posts (a Learning and Outreach Officer and a Volunteer Co-ordinator), three six-month internships and a training programme for volunteers and the wider public. This will support citizen science activities, practical management and creative learning on TNR, including working with schools and colleges and developing a Forest School for young people.
The project aims to build green skills and employability, and a larger, more diverse group of volunteers on TNR. TNR will share learning from the project with other urban floodplain nature reserves for increased resilience to degradation, the pandemic, and climate change.
TNR’s project, “Developing TNR as a ‘green lung’ for community recovery”, has been awarded a grant from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery. This fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Other funding was secured from the Summerfield Charitable Trust to develop learning resources on TNR. This will support the work delivered within the Green Lung project.
Where can I find out more?
We are currently busy planning and setting up the delivery of the Green Lung project but are working to have learning opportunities on offer at TNR at the beginning of 2022. There may be some events on offer before the end of 2021 however, so keep an eye out on our social media pages and website where events and activities will be posted and publicised.
We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been planning and get as many people in the community involved and passionate about nature as possible.
If you are interested in finding out more and/or getting involved with the project please contact Robyn, our Learning & Outreach Officer, at email@example.com.