Dorset Wildlife Trust has been awarded a £22,260 grant for its ‘Wild Brownsea’ project.
The money is from the Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund and will be used to improve access around Brownsea, enabling visitors to more easily explore the island and enjoy its wildlife in a low-impact and sustainable way.
A vital element of the project is ‘Explore Brownsea’ which aims to improve access for people from all backgrounds and abilities to learn about, enjoy and help conserve the island’s natural environment. The project also hopes to encourage new visitors by overcoming any perceived cultural and social barriers.Brian Bleese, Dorset Wildlife Trust
Improvements will include:
• Enhanced, fully accessible boardwalks and footpaths
• Updated signage to facilitate a high-quality visitor experience
• Improved management of visitor flows to reduce impact on wildlife
• A fully accessible trail
• A new wellbeing trail
• Fully accessible new visitor facility
• New wildlife observatory
A key aim of the Wild Brownsea project is to promote the health and wellbeing benefits that regular contact with nature provides. It includes an outreach component, which will encourage those from disadvantaged and excluded groups in the local community to get involved with Brownsea, including young people, people with learning difficulties and those on low incomes.
Working closely with the National Trust and supported by Dorset County Council, the project will also facilitate visits for those with reduced mobility utilising a recently purchased ‘landing craft’.
Cllr Daryl Turner, Dorset County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Natural and Built Environment, said: “This funding will be a great boost to sustaining Brownsea Island’s important cultural and historical heritage as well as creating an opportunity to encourage and inspire people who may not have visited before – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds – to make natural heritage a part of their lives”.
The bid for the funding, which will go towards an overall £180,111 of improvements, was made by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Brian Bleese from the Trust said: “Contact with nature has enormous health and wellbeing benefits. Improved accessibility will mean that people of all backgrounds and abilities will be able to enjoy the island’s wildlife and landscape.”
The Wild Brownsea project will also create many new volunteering opportunities. To find out how you can get involved contact: email@example.comBrian Bleese, Dorset Wildlife Trust
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A three-month closure order has been granted at a house in Ebchester Road, Eyres Monsell, following concerns regarding criminal behaviour at the property.
Police applied for the order following reports of incidents including drug use, anti-social behaviour and possession of knives at the property.
The order was granted at Leicester Magistrates’ Court this afternoon (17 January), and bans anyone from entering or remaining at the property other than the person who resides there and emergency services.
Inspector Mike Cawley, NPA Commander for South Leicester, said: “The premises has been causing widespread concerns for the local community over a number of months and has also had a significant impact on the resources of the local police team when attending the property.
“We have been continually addressing these concerns and the closure order granted today is part of this work. Our residents want and deserve to live in clean, safe communities free from fear and nuisance caused by crime and gaining this order was critical to ensure this.”
The order is in place until 16 April this year. Anybody found to be in breach of the order is liable to arrest and could face a term of imprisonment, a fine, or both. A copy of the disclosure order will be on display at the property.