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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Guardians of the Moors, Heritage Lottery Fund

A lot can change in three years. Youth Rangers grow up and move on to university, much valued staff and volunteers retire or move on and babies are born, grow and join Ranger Tots! We’ve seen a lot of change here at the Eastern Moors and much of it has been down the fantastic efforts of our community and volunteers. We’ve repaired miles of stone wall, planted thousands of trees, inspired hundreds of school children and eaten a LOT of biscuits.

This year of our Guardians of the Moors Grant funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund comes to an end after 3 years of funding. This grant has ensured our volunteers were trained, equipped with tools and kitted out in uniform – including our Youth & Junior Rangers and Muck In Volunteers. The grant also funded educational events, a brand new vehicle and part funded the role of Community Involvement Ranger (that’s me!) to lead on volunteer coordination and community involvement.

We’d like to assure all our supporters that tree-planting and biscuit-eating will continue on the Eastern Moors even once the grant has finished. But we’d also like to say an enormous thank you to Heritage Lottery and Lottery players, for giving volunteering and community involvement a huge boost that has set us up for years to come.  

Here are just some of the highlights from the last three years…

Youth Rangers in their uniforms stand next to our Lottery Funded vehicle, after a hard days heather spreading!

Our adult volunteer team planting trees.

Muck In day volunteers learn how to willow weave and create an amazing structure to help improve Shillito Wood for people and wildlife, which has helped deter antisocial behaviour in this much loved area.

Visitor Experience Manager Katherine, teaches Youth Ranger, Jess how to survive in the wild!

Community Involvement Ranger, Bryony lead a tracks and trails walk.

Archaeology volunteers explore the area and learn more about the site they take care of.

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