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Pilot project to expose children to natural world at early age

PUBLISHED: 13:05 11 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 11 March 2018

A new grant will be used to introduce children under the age of five to nature in a project run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Picture: Elizabeth Dack

A new grant will be used to introduce children under the age of five to nature in a project run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Picture: Elizabeth Dack

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A grant of almost £8,000 will be used to introduce children under the age of five to nature in order to expose them to the natural world at a younger age.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust CEO Brendan Joyce at Hickling Broad.  PHOTO: Nick ButcherNorfolk Wildlife Trust CEO Brendan Joyce at Hickling Broad. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) has received £7,770 from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme for its Children and Nature Project.

The one-year pilot project will see NWT working with under-fives at Sure Start Centres in Great Yarmouth, Thetford and Cley to introduce children to nature at the start of their lives.

Norfolk is home to a rich variety of fauna and flora and the Trust’s project will pilot indoor and outdoor nature-focused activities such as monthly interactive sessions, sensory play, nature-themed walks, and improving the centres’ grounds for wildlife.

It will also work with new parents and carers, who can similarly benefit from being outdoors and in nature.

A new grant will be used to introduce children under the age of five to nature in a project run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Picture: Matthew BlissettA new grant will be used to introduce children under the age of five to nature in a project run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Picture: Matthew Blissett

Due to start in the spring, full details of the project will be added to NWT’s website.

Chief executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Brendan Joyce said: “This grant is fantastic news for local children and local wildlife.

“Research shows that children today have far fewer opportunities than previous generations to explore and discover wildlife and spend much less time outside.

“We are delighted that it gives us the ability to work with Sure Start Centres who do an excellent job engaging the very young and their families.”

A new grant will be used to introduce children under the age of five to nature in a project run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Picture: MARK BULLIMOREA new grant will be used to introduce children under the age of five to nature in a project run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

This is the first project of NWT’s Children and Nature fund, which was established by NWT Vice President, John Snape and his family to help children and young people enjoy and value the nature that surrounds them in Norfolk.

Any money donated to the fund will be used on projects for children and where possible will be used to match fund grants to attract even more support.

Vice President, Norfolk Wildlife Trust John Snape, said: “NWT Children and Nature Fund (CAN) is specifically dedicated to enabling children to learn about and experience the natural world, which is something that has become increasingly alien to them.

“I would invite you to make a contribution to this fund and help connect future generations with the wildlife that surrounds them.”

• To support our Children And Nature fund you can donate at www.nwtru.st/can

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