A new project which aims to help older people enjoy wildlife, boost their health and reduce isolation has been awarded lottery funding.
The Wild at Heart project is aimed at people aged over 50 and will be run by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham.
The trust will target the S1, S2, S6, S8 and S35 postcode areas.
The five-year scheme has been awarded £396,100 by the Big Lottery Fund, and professional artist Jan Flamank will be managing the project and working with community groups, families and health and social care professionals to deliver it.
She said: “It’s fantastic to be able to work specifically with older people, who are often very knowledgeable about the natural environment. We want to help them rekindle and share their interest in nature – especially near to where they live.”
Activites will include bird watching, fungi and tree identification, walking groups and night hikes.
The trust is looking for volunteers to help out - call 0114 263 4335.