DWT wants you to help make every child wild with a new wildlife education hub in West Dorset
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) has launched a Crowdfunder campaign to establish a ‘WildHub’ for children at its Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve in Dorset. DWT urgently needs to raise £2,000 by 21st September through Crowdfunder in order to release a further £2,000 of funds from another donor.
The creation of the WildHub aims to create a space for children and families to spend more time outside, following concern that children aren’t connecting with nature in the modern world.
The WildHub includes an innovative outdoor classroom which is also an alternative place for teaching, a new wildlife exploration zone for families and a pavilion boardwalk to the river Hooke.
DWT’s West Dorset Living Landscapes Manager, Sam Hamer said, “Young children are the generation who will be looking after our nature reserves and wild spaces in the future, so it’s important that they learn from a young age how precious wildlife is. We also don’t want children to be deprived of outdoor time, which is proven to make people, young and old, feel happier and healthier. Modern technology is wonderful, but it needs to work alongside spending time with nature, rather than replacing it. The WildHub would give thousands of children in Dorset a safe place to play, laugh and learn.”
In a recent survey by England’s largest outdoor learning project, Natural Connections, it was found that only 8% of school age children in England get out of their classrooms into green spaces and yet 92% of schools says it improves pupil’s health and wellbeing and engages them with learning.
Anyone can donate any amount without a reward, but to say thank you for donations, we have set up a selection of rewards: for a £15 donation we will give you a cream team at the Kingcombe Centre Tearoom; for a £40 donation enjoy a lunch in the Kingcombe Centre Tearoom; £200 donations will secure an exclusive guided walk for two on our Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, led by a conservation officer, and £500 donations will be offered a place on one of our courses at the Kingcombe Centre, including accommodation.
The Kingcombe Centre, surrounded in 180 hectares of stunning nature reserve is in Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ.
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For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 26,500 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.