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More than £34,000 has been donated by a regional co-operative to wildlife projects in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight helping communities discover nature in their neighbourhoods.

The funding from Southern Co-op supported a variety of local schemes run by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust working with schools, children, families and members of the public to benefit the local wildlife.

Thanks to the donation by the Southern Co-op, 8 Wildlife Watch groups across Hampshire and the Island are being supported. These monthly nature clubs give children aged 5-15 years the chance to explore local wild places and wildlife with activities ranging from nature hunts to woodwork. These groups were a finalist in the CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards for the year.

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In addition, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is hosting outdoor exploration sessions for nearly 1,000 children and over 250 adults.

Becky O’Melia, Education & Engagement Manager at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said:

“Southern Co-op’s support has been invaluable to our work connecting people with their local green spaces. We look forward to building on the success of these projects and continuing to help people get in touch with nature.”

Gemma Lacey, Southern Co-op’s Director of Sustainability and Communications, said:

“It is vital that local businesses support our communities and the environment, giving our society and planet the chance to sustain itself and hopefully thrive.

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“Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, through its incredible work, gives people the opportunity to connect with our natural world. Through that connection they learn more about our environment and our wildlife and its value. We hope the projects we have helped to support will bring a variety of positive impacts for now and the future.”


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