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Rewilding Hyndburn's Green Spaces

Are you part of a Community Food Growing project?

Would you like the support of a project officer on your site? 

Would you like help with a range of activities and training? 

If so, then The Prospects Foundation can help.  Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery PROSPECTS has received £19,975 for a year long programme called 'Rewilding Hyndburn’s Green Spaces'.  This funding boost from Postcode Local Trust allows PROSPECTS to create and enhance habitats for wildlife whilst providing natural resources to encourage organic practices on a wide range of community food growing sites.

As at September 2017, PROSPECTS has now worked with 24 groups on 21 sites across Hyndburn.  These groups include: 

- Piggy Park Community Garden, Rishton

- Rockmount, Rishton

- St. Charles Primary School, Rishton

- The Base, Great Harwood

- Young Carers, Accrington

- Broadfield School, Oswaldtwistle

- Women's Centre, Accrington

- Hope Centre, Oswaldtwistle

- Hollins School, Baxenden

- St. Anne's & St. Joseph's Primary School, Accrington

- Stonefold Primary School, Rising Bridge

White Ash School, Oswaldtwistle

- Hyndburn Homes Huncoat House

- Adventure Hyndburn, Church

- Alternative Futures Group

- Belthorn Academy

- Growing Wild, Baxenden

- Kemple View, Langho

- Red Rose Recovery, Accrington

- Fairfield Nursery, Spring Hill

- Hippings Methodist School, Oswaldtwistle

- St. Andrew's Primary School, Oswaldtwistle

For most of the above groups and schools activities have taken place within their own grounds and have included activities such as planting fruit bushes and trees, making hedgehog homes, making bird boxes, ting wildflower meadows, bug hotels, organic feed borders, planting wildflowers, creating sensory gardens, growing herbs, creating butterfly friendly gardens, planting bog plants, willow weaving, making raised beds, growing vegetables, making a living willow fence, making bug hotels, propagating herbs, making mini pond, planting apple trees and more....

 

In addition to working with specific groups on their own sites we've also run a programme of educational and training courses.  These have included:

- Organic Food Growing (2 days)

- Building a Green Roof on a community allotment shed

- Introduction to Permaculture

- Forest Garden

- Foraging

- Enhancing Meadows

- Meadow management (Scything)

- Insects & Food Growing (How to attract insects and wildlife)

- Health & Safety

- Emergency First Aid

- Brushcutter/Strimmer Course

With most of the courses we've been able to offer AQA accreditation as well.  This has meant that whilst people have been enjoying courses they've also been able to boost their CV as well.  By the end of September we've now had 32 AQA learners who've attained a new skill.

 

Continuation of Rewilding after October 2017

 

Although the Postcode Local funding runs out at the end of September 2017 we've managed to secure a small pot of funding from the Windfall Fund to extend the programme through to the end of March 2018.

Co-op Local Community Fund

  

In addition, we've also been successful with a Co-op Local Community Grant towards Rewilding work in the Clayton-le-Moors and Rishton area.

 

 

 

So, if you'd like to find out more, or have a site, or belong to a group that we may be able to help please get in touch with our Rewilding co-ordinator, Julie, using the contact details below.

email Julie.livesey@prospectsfoundation.org.uk

Tel: 01254 230348 ext: #208

Mobile: 07799 295233 

If you are a community group involved in food growing then please download the poster HERE.

If you want support from Julie on your food growing site then please print off the Contact Form, complete it with as much information as possible and then return it to Julie.