NWT’s Sure Start with Nature project introduced children and their carers to the natural world at the very start of their lives. The 2018-19 pilot was run in partnership with Sure Start Children’s Centres in Great Yarmouth, Thetford and Corpusty, and included monthly indoor and outdoor nature-focused activities such as interactive sessions, sensory play and guided nature walks. Funds from NNDC would contribute to a continuing the work and, with more funding, establishing a bigger project in Norfolk from next year to help families learn about nature and wildlife together, and embrace the natural world.
Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Pamela Abbott said:“Norfolk Wildlife Trust welcomes this opportunity to receive funding from North Norfolk District Council for our vital conservation and engagement work. The Trust’s flagship nature reserve at Cley and Salthouse Marshes forms a key part of the iconic North Norfolk landscape and this funding will make a real difference to wildlife habitats and the very young and their families across the county.
Chairman of NNDC, Dr Clive Stockton said: “At a time when we are becoming more aware of the importance of the natural environment of which we are all a part, it is particularly relevant that we make every effort to involve the next generation and those generations to come"
“Involving children at an early age gives them a life-long appreciation of the importance of nature and wildlife and how we can all relate positively to the natural round around us.”