South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has received a grant of £251,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its V3 Project: inVolve, Visit, Volunteer. The V3 project is a three year project. It aims to encourage local people to explore, enjoy and understand Yeovil Country Park, its heritage and its wildlife.
To conserve and improve both the built and natural heritage of the Country Park, alongside improving the visitor offer at Yeovil Country Park. It will also encourage visitors and volunteers to become more involved in their local countryside.
Yeovil Country Park What is it that is so special about Yeovil Country Park?
• Five areas along the southern edge of the town
• Fabulous habitats on the edge of town
• Amazing Wildlife
•Disappearing heritage vital to the story of Yeovil
The project involves
New interpretation; information panels, maps, trails and leaflets in the Ninesprings Café, Education and Information Centre and across Yeovil Country Park. Employment of a community ranger for 3 years to deliver a comprehensive education and event programme. Biodiversity projects; to enhance the wildlife habitats within the park and increase the range of wildlife living within the park. Restoration of the Valley Gardens in Ninesprings, to enable future generations to enjoy the magnificent springs, waterfalls and pools in this lush green woodland.
There will be a wide range of events and activities run over the three years of the project. These will include; photography and woodcarving workshops, wildlife sessions, woodland storytelling, forest school, art workshops, childrens activities amongst others. Schools, preschools and community groups will be able to access a range of resources to enable them to make the most of the country park, or contact the Community Ranger for a ranger led session in the park or a visit to your group. An oral history project will gather stories about Yeovil Country Park, please share your childhood memories of Yeovil Country Park
A range of walks, with leaflets and waymarkers will be developed exploring different aspects of the wildlife and heritage within the park. Displays will be erected in the Ninesprings Café and updated information boards around the site for visitors to find out more about the park. Wildlife cameras will be installed to enable you to view our more secretive wildlife in the comfort of the café. A new orienteering pack will be launched Summer 2016 to enable more people to explore Yeovil Country Park. Explorer backpacks will also be available to borrow help you get the most out of your visit, whether investigating the woodlands and meadows or reliving the railways you’ll discover secrets within the park. A broad range of events will be run for a wide variety of people and community groups to enable you to explore the park on new ways and discover its hidden charms.
There will be opportunities for local people to become more involved through volunteering. Perhaps at one of our practical groups carrying out park maintenance and conservation work, joining the restoration of the valley gardens, helping at one of our large community events, or working with forest school and educational sessions. Contact Community Ranger, Becky Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07971 111970 to find out more or get involved.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players' money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk.