Project information

Weardale Environmental Education Centre

We want to create an environmental education centre and wildlife experience beside the sanctuary. It will have an educational centre, distinct new habitats, and provide a valuable new resource for wildlife in a predominately farming environment

November 2010 - October 2011

Charity information: Farplace Animal Rescue

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  • Need

    Need

    Despite being in a rural location, many people do not get a chance to experience a wide diversity of habitat as most land is linked to livestock production.

    Also, habitat creation and protection is not a priority for working farmers.

    Solution

    This project will increase diversity of habitat as well as creating, with a footpath and education barn, a significant educational value for the area.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create new habitats for wildlife

    Activities

    » Two substantial wildlife and dragonfly ponds close to the education barn and viewing hide.
    » A wildflower meadow beside a substantial part of the footpath. A marshland experience
    » A fruit and berry orchard visible from the viewing hide and stretching down past the footpath.
    » Dry stone walls providing more habitat for bumblebees and wrens. Hedgerow creation

    Success will be... the habitats created and wildlife using them within 1 year of completion


    Aim 2

    To educate the public in habitats for wildlife and appreciation of the natural world

    Activities

    » Education centre creation
    » Habitat experience around the public footpath and viewing hide


  • Impact

    Impact

    The habitats will be permanently used and the education centre receive a good number of visitors.

    Risk

    We have only until the end of October to secure the funding for the land purchase phase
    We are carrying out many activities to secure this income in July and August

    Reporting

    With regular project updates

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £79,660

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Capital purchase Land and barn purchase
      £13,000 Paths and walls Footpath, hedgerow and wall repair and creation. Habitat creation and literature
      £16,660 Education barn Replacement education barn and information displays
  • Background

    Location

    Weardale, beside our existing sanctuary

    Beneficiaries

    Walkers, residents and visitors to Weardale, as the project is located with a public footpath travelling through it

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we operate from the adjacent land and have a successful track record of managing our woodland purchase project in 2009

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Nigel Robson

    Nigel will take a lead in habitat creation and education as an ex-teacher and wildlife expert