£426k boost for wildlife bid

PEOPLE will be able to make more of the great outdoors thanks to a grant of almost half a million pounds.

The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust has received £425,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Tees Valley Wild Green Places Project.

The five-year project aims to increase appreciation and understanding of the wildlife in open spaces and increase the skills of local people to record and care for this wildlife. The scheme will work with 20 community wildlife groups to carry out nature conservation projects that will create and restore habitats for wildlife.

There will also be opportunities to engage people of all ages to enjoy learn and care for their local wildlife through walks, family fun days, wildlife surveys, and conservation events.