River conservation charity, Eden Rivers Trust has been given a helping hand from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a major project that will improve both access to Eden and its natural heritage by breaking down the barriers for people and nature to thrive in, and beside our rivers.
Thanks to National Lottery Players, development funding of £181,190 has been awarded to help the trust and their partners to progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date.
The project, Access to Eden: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges will remove the barriers that prevent people from accessing the natural heritage of Eden and build the bridges needed to give them the confidence to enjoy our blue and green spaces. Having healthy, thriving natural spaces is key to this, so there are also plans to remove barriers for Eden’s special wildlife, connect habitats and promote nature recovery.
Access to Eden will focus on improving participants’ physical and mental health and well-being in a sustainable and fun way, and future projects include:
Elizabeth Radford, Chief Executive, Eden Rivers Trust, said:
“We are delighted to have received this funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop our Access to Eden project. We’re working with a greater variety of partners than ever before, from Cumbria Wildlife Trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, to 4Eden, Penrith and Eden Refuge Network, Cumbria Canoeists, Carlisle Waverley Viaduct Trust, Access the Dales and The Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company. Many of these partners bring new perspectives, skills and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by those Cumbrians who experience the greatest barriers to getting out into this landscape. We want to involve many more in the course of this project!
“We can’t wait to get started co-creating innovative and rewarding experiences and conservation activities with all our partners that will break down the barriers to people being able to connect with nature and help more people know and love the Eden and be enthused and empowered to help with its conservation and save our natural heritage.”
Eilish McGuinness, Chief Executive, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:
“I’m delighted that we are providing support to this major new project, which recognises the vital role of rivers and lakes as the lifeblood and heartland of communities. The work of Eden Rivers Trust will help to ensure our natural heritage is preserved and enhanced for the benefit of all, thanks to National Lottery players.”
Find out more about the project and partners on the Eden Rivers Trust website https://edenriverstrust.org.uk
Contacts for further information:
Sam Mason, Marketing and Communications Manager:
firstname.lastname@example.org 01768 866788 / 07834 555179 (Mon-Thurs)
Elizabeth Radford, CEO email@example.com 01768 866788.
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