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Young people discover and conserve local heritage at Sale Water Park

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The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) have received National Lottery funding of £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Discover, Explore and Conserve Our Natural Heritage at Sale Water Park. Led by young people from the local community, the project focuses on the natural heritage at Sale Water Park with participants learning practical skills to help conserve it for the future.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project has kicked off to a successful start with young local people engaging in a range of traditional habitat management sessions at Sale Water Park. Young people on the project have learnt practical skills in traditional coppicing and hedgelaying, improving the hedges and meadow at Sale Water Park. These habitat improvements will provide important spaces for wildlife, such as nesting birds, insects, amphibians and small mammals. The project also provides the opportunity for young people to work with community partners to investigate and discover the heritage of Sale Water Park. The Water Park has a rich and often overlooked heritage, including its history as former grounds of Sale Old Hall and its important habitats for wildlife, such as the rare Willow Tit.

Young people on the project are now excited for spring, with upcoming activities to include the planting of wildflowers to help pollinators and biodiversity surveys to research the existing natural heritage at Sale Water Park. By engaging in this project, young people with a range of abilities are gaining invaluable practical conservation skills, alongside skills in team work, communication and project planning. You can follow the project at Sale Water Park Young Root’s Facebook page. You can also find out more about heritage at Sale Water Park by coming along the Go Wild event on 17th June 2017, where you can take part in activities to discover the heritage of Sale Water Park.

The project is led by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), who work to create healthier and happier communities for everyone. TCV have employed a dedicated Project Officer who works on this exciting project. They are also currently looking for a Volunteer Officer to assist with the project so please head to the TCV website if you are interested in this opportunity.

Commenting on the National Lottery funded project, Katie Lowry, TCV North West Operations Leader said: “We are excited to have received National Lottery support and we have already seen the young people grow in confidence, whilst making valuable improvements to the heritage at Sale Water Park.”