£500,000 lotto funding boost for Secret World's education
brand new Wildlife and Heritage Education Centre is to be built
following a massive £502,600 grant from The Heritage Lottery
Fund, it has been announced this week.
new facility is to be built at Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre
in East Huntspill, near Burnham-On-Sea, where author Sir Terry
launched a £4.4 million Call of the Wild Appeal. This
aimed to build the education centre together with a wildlife teaching
work on the Education Centre part of the project, which involves
the renovation and extension of a 17th Century barn, will start
in October and is expected to be completed by May 2013.
delighted Secret World Founder Pauline Kidner, pictured above,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "The Heritage Lottery
grant provides 79% of the cash needed to build, equip and run
the centre as well as funding a South West schools outreach programme
over the next three and a half years."
in the heart of Secret World, the centre will give children their
only guaranteed chance of seeing and learning about a wide range
of British wildlife at a time when most youngsters spend only
nine per cent of their time outdoors."
have been inundated with wildlife orphans over the past couple
of months of the breeding season but while what we do with the
rescue side of the charity is vitally important, it is the education
of our children that will have the greatest Impact on wildlife
in the future."
World's Capital Appeal Director Tina Antonio added that at a time
when one in four of the UKs wildlife species were depleted
or endangered, children were now more disconnected with the countryside
than ever before.
are thrilled that we have attracted a funder who is deeply aware
of the issues and without their support we could never have started
work on the centre
so soon," she said.
Bellamy, acting Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, added
in a press statement: "We at HLF are delighted to announce
this award of £502,600 to the Wild Hearts Project, which
will give visitors of all ages fantastic new opportunities to
explore their local wildlife."
Education centre and the planned outreach activities will help
young people learn about the importance and issues around our
precious natural heritage, whilst older members of the community
will have a chance to get involved through volunteering at the
are all custodians of our natural heritage, and through projects
like this we are able to help ensure that it can be preserved
for future generations to enjoy."
Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Secret World £12,867 at the
end of last year to plan their proposed centres education
programme in readiness for submitting a full funding bid.
money was used to consult with all the schools in the South West,
train volunteers and create an education plan.
revealed that schools fervently believed in the value of educating
children about wildlife and were keen to get involved with the
project and make use of the facilities.
new Wildlife Education Centre will include meeting rooms and a
lecture theatre where schools will be encouraged to take part
in inspiring educational programmes giving youngsters a unique
opportunity to learn about British wildlife and how to help save