Wild about Tamworth project enters its 16th year

Nature reserves in Tamworth can continue to be cared for and families can get closer to nature after a partnership project received funding for another five years.

The popular Wild About Tamworth project, is now in its 16th year and is a partnership between Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Tamworth Borough Council and the communities of Tamworth to improve the Borough’s wild places to benefit both people and wildlife.

The project aims to engage communities in Tamworth with their local greenspaces, Local Nature Reserves, and parks.

It also aims to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children, young adults and families in Tamworth.

To adapt to the changing times due to Covid-19, a monthly downloadable activity pack will be available to complete in your own time on some of Tamworth’s amazing greenspaces. The first one is available to download now, a ‘Toddler Trek’ at Warwickshire Moor. More info can be found at www.facebook.com/swtactivities

Claire Williams, Community Engagement Officer (Tamworth) for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said:

“Through the continuous commitment from some great dedicated volunteers, several local nature reserves can be maintained for wildlife and recreation. The regular meets of these volunteer groups has made a huge impact upon the wildlife in Tamworth, and has enabled communities to freely enjoy their beauty. Now, currently due to government guidelines, the volunteers are unfortunately unable to meet. But they are itching and raring to go when all is safe to do so.

“We’re extremely pleased the events and work on these important sites can continue thanks to this partnership.

“Wild About Tamworth has offered so many children and families the chance to explore the natural world and get closer to nature.

“We’re looking forward to the next five years of the partnership and hope we can benefit more young people and families in that time.”

Other events which will be included as part of Wild About Tamworth are Wildlings, Wild Wellbeing Walks and Toddler Treks.

Wildlings and Wild Wellbeing Walks will be on the second Wednesday of each month, while Toddler Treks will be on the fourth Wednesday of each month across different sites in Tamworth.

People are being encouraged to keep a close eye on www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/events where the events will be posted to sign up to in the coming weeks.

Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Culture, said: “This is a great example of a community project which brings different groups of people together, while providing a big boost to the environment and people’s well-being, by making our Local Nature Reserves even more welcoming and accessible for visitors.

“I hope families take the opportunity to join in with the adapted activities available to download. Wild about Tamworth offer children and families exciting ways to explore nature and enjoy our beautiful local spaces, thanks to the work undertaken by the wonderfully dedicated volunteer groups.”