Community nature projects in Droitwich to be boosted by wildllife charity's £250,000 grant - The Droitwich Standard

Community nature projects in Droitwich to be boosted by wildllife charity's £250,000 grant

Droitwich Editorial 11th Jul, 2024   0

A LOCAL wildlife charity has been granted £250,000 to help community groups deliver nature projects between Kempsey and Droitwich Spa.

The project – Wilder Worcestershire: Neighbourhoods Nurturing Nature – will collaborate with new and existing community groups to deliver projects along the river Salwarpe and Severn corridor between the two towns.

The plans have been funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and will build on the success of the previous Wilder Worcester project.

Wilder Worcester helped to enhance the ecological value of greenspaces in Worcester and increased individuals’ access to nature in the city.

Community groups worked together, for example, to build and install nest boxes for swifts around Worcester Arboretum, which will hopefully support the birds for years to come.

Julie Grainger, Wilder Worcestershire project manager, said:“We’re delighted to have been awarded this funding, which will allow us to support even more groups to help wildlife on their patches.

“We’re really looking forward to meeting people who are passionate about helping nature in their local area and giving them the support they need to set up and run successful community groups and events.

“This is the largest community project the Trust has ever undertaken and we’re really excited about how we can help and support communities to make a real difference for both wildlife and themselves.

“Many thanks to the players of the National Lottery who make funding like this possible. Thanks also to the trustees of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust who recognise that supporting communities to help nature is so important.”

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust have also invested £150,000 to complement funding from the Heritage Fund.

The project team consists of Julie Grainger, who was previously working with communities as part of the Trust’s Monkwood and Green Farm project. Ecologist Connor McGoldrick and ex-teacher Lucy Thirkell will support her.

The three will liaise with communities to learn more about how people want to help nature in their neighbourhoods before supporting them to establish new groups and begin to take action for nature.

The project team want to hear from groups and individuals who would like to get involved.

Visit for more information. Contact Julie Granger via [email protected] or 01905 754919 to enquire.

Buy Photos

Buy photos online from the Droitwich Standard newspaper.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Droitwich Standard.


Weddings, Birthdays, Bereavements, Thank you notices, Marriages and more.


Receive a weekly update to your inbox by signing up to our weekly newsletter.