Saltholme in the spotlight

A £7M wildlife centre will be in the spotlight this weekend thanks to a project which will be showcased on television.

Saltholme will feature on the BBC’s National Lottery show this Saturday in a short film about the wildlife reserve and discovery park.

The site made it through to the finals of this year’s National Lottery Awards in the education category for its lifelong learning project.

Caroline Found, Saltholme’s Lifelong Learning manager, said: “Many of our young members, who are part of the wildlife clubs we run here at Saltholme, star in the film. They are all extremely excited about their up-coming TV debut.”

The awards are part of an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and acknowledge the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects make to people, places and communities all across the UK.

“People are often surprised to see so much nature in the middle of industrial Teesside. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to show the rest of the country what an amazing place we have here,” added Caroline.

The winning project in each category is decided by a public vote. The winners will receive national recognition on a BBC One show in December.

As well as the Lottery funding the projects have already received, they will be given a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

Caroline added: “If you can’t wait until Saturday to see the clip, then you can log on to the National Lottery Award website for a sneak preview.

If you have not already done so, you can cast your vote for Saltholme at the same time too.”

Voting for the finals ends at midnight on Sunday, October 28 October. To watch the film clip and vote for lifelong learning at Saltholme call 08448 369 686 or visit

People can also call in to the visitor centre at Saltholme to register their vote.