Dooncaster nature reserve awarded grant

Kat Woolley
Kat Woolley
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A project which aims to encourage people to enjoy the natural beauty of Potteric Carr has been given a funding boost.

The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded a grant of £29,548 towards the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Discovery Zone project which aims to make the reserve’s woodland more accessible to the public.

As part of the project, the area will be developed to help education and learning in a fun, accessible and imaginative way.

A series of interactive outdoor woodland activity stations that facilitate exploration of the natural environment will be installed.

Kat Woolley, from the Trust, said: “Potteric Carr is an established Nature Improvement Area Gateway site where visitors have the opportunity to explore rare and diverse habitats.”

She added: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant, which brings us one step closer to providing an exciting area where adults and children can learn about the reserve’s wildlife.”

The Veolia Environmental Trust awards grants through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The award is one of 89 funding boosts the Trust has awarded to projects in South Yorkshire since 1997.

The Veolia Environmental Trust executive director of Paul Taylor said: “We are pleased to be able to help this important project.

“As we only have a limited amount of funds to distribute every quarter to community and environmental projects from all over the UK, our funding process is a competitive one.”

Mr Taylor added: “Therefore, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s success needs to be seen as a real achievement.

“We look forward to seeing the work start and the Discovery Zone take shape.”

When completed the Discovery Zone will be open seven days a week.

The zone will be very family friendly and also offer a pushchair and trail accessible to wheelchair users.