The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

Friday 10th July 2015

Swaby Vale chalk streamSwaby Vale chalk stream - Richard Enderby

The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project has received £45,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, 'Engaging the Lincolnshire Community with their Chalk Stream Heritage’.

The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Partnership is a group of organisations including the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust that have actively worked together since 2003 to conserve and enhance this Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitat

The new 'Engaging the Lincolnshire Community with their Chalk Stream Heritage’ project focuses on providing a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to learn about and engage with this rare and unique chalk stream habitat across the Lincolnshire Wolds.

It will provide opportunities for volunteer graduates to gain work experience working with the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project, bring chalk streams into homes via the internet especially important for those who are unable to access the outdoors and deliver events for families to get out onto the chalk streams to help communities learn techniques to look after their chalk streams. With the help of volunteers we will be organising various events across the chalk streams over the next three years of this HLF funded project. We will be organising the first ever Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Festival event this year as a way for people to come together and celebrate this wonderful rare treasure in Lincolnshire.

Chalk Streams are internationally rare habitats that support some of our most threatened plant and animal species. They are unique habitats fed by underground aquifers producing clear, stable water temperatures and flows and when in good condition provide fantastic wildlife rich habitats. The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project are an active partnership organisation working together with local landowners, farmers and communities to deliver habitat improvement work on Lincolnshire's chalk streams. This HLF funded project will support the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project in working with volunteers to help raise awareness of the chalk streams with communities throughout Lincolnshire.

Commenting on the award, Ruth Craig said:
“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support Lincolnshire communities to be fully engaged with their counties chalk streams.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the Head of HLF East Midlands, Vanessa Harbar, said:
“These chalk streams are a characteristic feature of the Lincolnshire Wolds and home to a whole host of plant and animal life. This project is a perfect way of raising awareness about their importance and involving an army of volunteers to help protect them for the future.”

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Notes to editors

About Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project
The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project is a group of organisations that have actively worked together since 2003 to conserve and enhance this Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitat. The UK BAP is a national strategy to identify, conserve and protect existing biological diversity and to enhance it wherever possible.
Partnership organisation of: Lincolnshire County Council (overarching host), Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service (host) Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Natural England, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and Wild Trout Trust.
The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Partnership aim to,
• Make sustainable improvements to chalk streams in Lincolnshire focused around the Lincolnshire Wolds
• Raise awareness of chalk streams and their importance
• Improve our knowledge of Lincolnshire's chalk stream habitats
• Restore and improve Lincolnshire's chalk streams for the benefit of wildlife and the community

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players' money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk. @heritagelottery

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:

Ruth Craig, Project Officer at Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project on 01507 609740 ruth.craig@lincolnshire.gov.uk
 

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