From left to right: Cllr Tom Wright, Cllr Jeff Trail, Tim Dafforn East Devon Countryside team at Hillcrest Community Nature Reserve

East Devon achieves funding success for exciting three year community wildlife project in Exmouth

An innovative three-year community wildlife project in Exmouth is to go ahead thanks to a £65,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant secured by East Devon District Council. Additional funding will be provided by East Devon and Exmouth Town Council.

The Wild Exmouth project, which will be managed and delivered by the East Devon Countryside team in partnership with the council’s StreetScene service, will help enhance the green spaces in Exmouth and engage local residents in exciting practical activities and events. The project is designed to improve the town’s environment, connecting communities by strengthening wildlife areas, including the valleys of Bapton and Withycombe Brooks. New outdoor activities will be provided including community events, volunteer days and campaigns to improve spaces for wildlife. 

Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the Environment is delighted that Wild Exmouth now has the chance to move forwards:

This is such a positive outcome for Exmouth and will allow the Countryside team to develop new opportunities, enabling residents to get involved in wildlife projects and to benefit from the outstanding green spaces in and around the town. At the heart of this project is the desire to link people to nature and reaping the rewards for communities and wildlife. I wish the team every success over the next three years.

Councillor Jeff Trail, Mayor of Exmouth Town Council, said:

Exmouth Town Council is really pleased to be supporting this project. We are looking forward to working together with the community and encouraging as many people to get involved in improving the wildlife spaces in the town as well as in their own gardens. It is a great way to be outdoors, improve our local open spaces and learn about the wildlife at the same time.

Countryside team leader, Tim Dafforn said:

‘This is an exciting project for our team and brilliant news for residents. There are many outstanding outdoor areas in the town including our new Hillcrest Community Nature Reserve. We are looking forward to engaging residents with all these spaces and inspiring everyone to do something for wildlife in their own garden or community.

The Countryside team is now looking to recruit an enthusiastic Ranger with fantastic ideas and energy to help inspire others to make space for wildlife, get outdoors and enjoy the benefits of contact with nature. This is a varied and rewarding part-time role, which will include developing conservation projects with volunteers, organising events, managing woodland and grassland habitats and producing interpretation materials. Visit the East Devon website to find out more about the role.