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NWT is Charity of the year for North Norfolk District Council

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NWT is Charity of the year for North Norfolk District Council

North Norfolk District Council’s Chairman has invited Norfolk Wildlife Trust to be his Charity of the Year, with money raised supporting conservation grazing and family learning.

Dr Clive Stockton has a personal life-long association with nature and wished to support a charity that specifically works to conserve the fragile habitats of Norfolk and raise awareness of the importance of wildlife.

Funds raised by NNDC will be used in two key areas of NWT’s work across Norfolk: to support conservation grazing with rare native breeds and to extend engagement with young children in Sure Start centres.

Conservation grazing with native breed cattle, sheep and ponies protects important areas for wildlife. Without regular grazing, many of our rare and fragile habitats and the species they support would be at risk of being overwhelmed by more dominant plants. NNDC has already shown its own commitment to conservation grazing through the establishment of its Bagot goat herd, 15 of which are on long-term loan to NWT in the Brecks.

NWT’s Sure Start with Nature project introduced children and their carers to the natural world at the very start of their lives. The 2018-19 pilot was run in partnership with Sure Start Children’s Centres in Great Yarmouth, Thetford and Corpusty, and included monthly indoor and outdoor nature-focused activities such as interactive sessions, sensory play and guided nature walks. Funds from NNDC would contribute to a continuing the work and, with more funding, establishing a bigger project in Norfolk from next year to help families learn about nature and wildlife together, and embrace the natural world.

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Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Pamela Abbott said:“Norfolk Wildlife Trust welcomes this opportunity to receive funding from North Norfolk District Council for our vital conservation and engagement work. The Trust’s flagship nature reserve at Cley and Salthouse Marshes forms a key part of the iconic North Norfolk landscape and this funding will make a real difference to wildlife habitats and the very young and their families across the county.

Chairman of NNDC, Dr Clive Stockton said: “At a time when we are becoming more aware of the importance of the natural environment of which we are all a part, it is particularly relevant that we make every effort to involve the next generation and those generations to come"

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“Involving children at an early age gives them a life-long appreciation of the importance of nature and wildlife and how we can all relate positively to the natural round around us.”

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