The funding will allow the Trust to care for its nature reserves across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull and to make adaptations to allow more people to enjoy their visitor centres.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown began Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has had to leave our nature reserves with little or no management for nearly 4 months. Our Visitor Centres at Brandon Marsh, near Coventry and at Parkridge, Solihull were closed to visitors, with all events, volunteer activities and training courses having to be cancelled. In the equivalent period from April to the end of July in 2019, we had 9450 volunteer hours contributed, which is the equivalent of 1350 volunteer days. The figure for this period in 2020, due to Covid-19, is 0. With the continuing challenges it will be some time before we get back to 2019’s level.
The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. In total across the heritage sector, £50million was made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need. The UK-wide fund aimed to address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.
“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Warwickshire Wildlife Trust during this uncertain time.”
Like Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This money is supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund is now closed for applications. To find out more about how The National Heritage Emergency Fund is supporting the sector at this time please visit: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/responding-coronavirus-covid-19
To find out more about the National Lottery Good Causes , visit: www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response