The Conservation Volunteers have received a grant of £725,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Natural Networks project.
The project is being launched in Autumn 2014 and aims to develop skills to facilitate the 'green network' of sites considered essential for the effective conservation of biodiversity, creating a UK wide web of expertise in managing and engaging people in ecological networks.
Kerry Riddell, Development Manager from The Conservation Volunteers said:
'We’re very excited that HLF has awarded us funding for this project, which will support hundreds of communities across the UK to understand, value, protect and increase the biodiversity of their local green places’.
Colin McLean, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in Scotland, said:
“Our natural heritage is one of our greatest national assets. Through supporting these work-based placements, we are not only giving people the experience and skills to pursue a career in its conservation but also helping communities across the UK to understand, value, and protect the biodiversity on their doorstep. It is no surprise that our Skills for the Future programme is extremely popular and we congratulate The Conservation Volunteers for developing a project which is sure to ignite a passion for our natural world in communities across the country.”