Funds flourishing for life on verge

ROADSIDE conservation comes to the Wolds thanks to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has secured £50,000 Your Heritage funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, plus £7,520 from the Lincolnshire Wolds Joint Advisory Committee and £3,000 from North Lincolnshire Council.

The money will be fund a new two year project, which follows on from the successful scheme based in south-west Lincolnshire, Rutland and east Leicestershire.

Project officer Mark Schofield said: “Roadside verges provide a vital network of grassland habitat and can be incredibly rich in wildflowers.

“With the help of volunteers, we aim to survey all 700 miles of roadside verge in the Wolds to determine their conservation value.

“The information this produces will help to target conservation management in the future.

“Just as we did in the first Life on the Verge project, we hope to discover corridors and clusters of wildflower-rich verge which can support a much threatened habitat on a landscape scale.”

For more information about Life on the Verge and how you can get involved visit: http://lifeontheverge.org.uk

A series of wildflower training days have been organised to provide volunteers with the knowledge they need to take part in the surveys and help discover the best wild flower verges in the Wolds.

Places on the training days must be booked in advance. Contact Mark Schofield on email: mschofield@lincstrust.co.uk, tel 07825 970930 or 01507 526667.