Wildlife Project for Worcester

Tuesday 15th May 2018

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Worcestershire’s largest social landlord has teamed up with the county’s largest nature conservation charity to deliver a twelve month wildlife project.

Fortis Living - which provides more than 15,000 homes throughout Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire – is partnering with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and Hollymount School to increase the number of pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, in urban areas.

This is also being replicated at one of Fortis Living’s sheltered schemes at Rowan Court in Worcester.

The project will see the introduction of wildflowers and pollinator habitats at the school and the Tolladine housing scheme.

The project, which began in April, also includes recording wildlife, insect box making and activities for both children and residents to get involved with.

Paul Edwards, Community Officer at Fortis Living, said “This is a fabulous project which will have a lasting impact on the local community. Increasing pollinators in Tolladine is the main aim along with increasing residents’ knowledge of nature and wildlife and encouraging and inspiring local children and young people.”

Fortis Living is an established member of the Tolladine community having worked on similar projects with residents in the past. It actively encourages residents to get involved with projects like this.

Rae Howard-Louvaine, Senior Engagement Officer for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, commented “We are delighted to be delivering this project, which aims to make a real difference for wildlife and people in the area.

"This scheme, developed by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, is a national pilot and we hope it will be rolled out to other Trusts nationwide next year.”

Emma Pritchard, Headteacher at Hollymount School, said “Our children love our outdoor learning environments and have been involved in developing our gardens and woodland areas. The opportunity to develop this further, whilst learning about pollinators is one we are very excited about.

"It also gives us the opportunity to involve parents and members of the community with the work we do within school."