With this funding the Wildlife Trust will deliver a full programme of events in the Coastal Country Park, from Sandilands to Chapel St Leonards, including living history days, beach combing, storytelling and educational workshops; raise public awareness and understanding of the heritage value of the coast & grazing marsh; and promote opportunities for community involvement in the Country Park and Coastal Grazing Marshes.
Commenting on the award, Caroline Steel from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust said:
"Lincolnshire’s Coast and Grazing Marshes have not had the attention they deserve in the past: now people are finding out more about the fascinating natural and historic environment. The Coastal Country Park is Lincolnshire’s last undeveloped but unprotected stretch of coast and support from the Heritage Lottery Fund means that many more local people and visitors will have the opportunity to explore and celebrate its wildlife, history and natural beauty."
Joe Blissett, “Your Heritage” Project Officer, said:
"With this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the “Your Heritage” grant will help us encourage all ages to participate more with their community and learn about the surrounding landscape, history and nature. Critically it also forms part of an overall development campaign being championed by Lincolnshire County Council – a new Coastal Country Park that will improve access and facilities, placing Lincolnshire’s coast firmly back on the map."
Emma Sayer, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said:
"Lincolnshire’s Coast and Grazing Marshes are a vital part of our natural heritage. By getting everyone involved in learning about and enjoying them we can build an understanding of their importance, ensuring they will be valued and protected for many generations to come. The range of activities supported by this project will give opportunities to people across the community to explore their precious local environment."
Local groups, clubs and parish councils are invited to submit their own events for inclusion in a new Coastal Country Park Events Programme for 2011. Advice will also be on offer to develop the events for future years. If you wish to promote an event or include our events in your publication please contact “Your Heritage” Project Officer, Joe Blissett.