Wildlife Trust was today celebrating the award of two separate grants from the Department
of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR), through its Environmental Action
Fund. Each project is being supported with a 50% grants by DETR. The Patchwork Project supports
community groups in Coventry, and the GLOBE Programme encourages children in
schools to measure their local environment, with links to 80 countries throughout the
world via the Internet. Both projects bring benefits to local people, as well as the
environment, and have already been running for one year of a 3-year programme.
The grant of £12,000 for Patchwork is aims to support community groups in the
Hillfields and Tile Hill areas of Coventry, to improve their local environments. It will
provide support through a new Patchwork Project Person, who will be appointed soon, and
will be able to give advice and support as well as assisting with funding for local
Phil Dickin, the Trust's Community & Education Manager, said:
"This grant is great news for Coventry, bringing new support for improving our
local environment. The actual projects will depend on the needs of the communities, but
could include such things as wildlife gardens in schools, neighbourhood nature trails,
environmental projects for children, nestbox and bat box building, or a host of other
The GLOBE Programme originated in the USA as an idea of Vice President AI Gore.
As a result of the grant of £40,000, more schools throughout Coventry, Warwickshire and
Solihull - and indeed the whole of the UK - will be able to become GLOBE schools. This
allows each school to pass its own measurements of the environment to the USA where
computers produce daily images of our planet based on the children's data. GLOBE also
encourages school links internationally using the Internet, so giving a greater awareness
of the impact we all make on the planet. All details of GLOBE are on their website.
Trust Director, Dr Andy Tasker, said:
"This support from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
will enable children everywhere to get more involved with their local environment, and
find out more about other children throughout the world and the environmental issues that
they face. Linking the Internet with the local environment in this imaginative way shows
how technology can help provide solutions, as well as encouraging more people to find out
about environmental issues."
More Information: Andy Tasker on 01203 302912