SPRING INTO ACTION
Community Nature Conservation /Environmental Education Project in Lambeth
Embrace Social Enterprises Ltd was awarded with a £8,638 Big Lottery Community Wildlife grant to run a 3 month nature conservation / environmental education project in Lambeth focusing on Knights Hill Wood.
We aimed to run a total of 15 nature conservation sessions. Some events took place in Knights Hill Wood which is managed by Lambeth Parks & Greenspaces since 2002. There is an intention to declare the wood as a Local Nature Reserve in the near future. While other project activities took place in school grounds which are close to the wood.
The project activities were a combination of environmental education and practical nature conservation activities. The project activities included nature surveys and working with school students to design and develop wildlife areas in school grounds.
1) To teach practical and social skills: We aim to run at least 5 practical conservation events (10 – 18 people per event) which will be open to the public. To encourage participation from local black and ethnic minority adults we will target specifically black and ethnic minority groups. Supporting them in participating in practical &/or environmental educational activities. The practical events will involve habitat maintenance/ enhancement events. All events will either enhance / maintain biodiversity in a practical way &/or increase peoples’ knowledge of local nature site plus the issues effecting it.
2) Workshops for young people: We aim to involve local young people in 10 tailor-made workshops (10-20 people/ event) running two types environmental education & practical nature activities. In order to attract a diverse range of youngsters we will work with local schools, youth groups and colleges. These diverse young people will take part in environmental education tailor-made activities on the sites. Plus help develop new wildlife areas on both sites.
Project Public Events (all at Knights Hill Wood, Lambeth):
1pm to 2:30pm Saturday 20th August 2011 – Knights Hill Ramble – walk looking at Tivoli Park & Knights Hill Wood
1pm to 4pm Saturday 27th August 2011 – Bramble Bashing
1pm to 4pm Saturday 3rd September – Ivy Eradication
1pm to 4pm Saturday 10th September – Stag Beetle Habitat Creation
1pm to 4pm Saturday 17th September – Invasive Species Removal
Google map of Knights Hill Wood