It is with great pleasure that the MWHG Trustees and Management Team can now announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded us a new grant. This grant is called Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands, FLOW and has its own logo.
Following the success of the 3 year Water Vole Project , we applied for money with the aim of improving and enhancing the network of wetlands habitat across the whole of the Manhood Peninsula thus connecting up our internationally important wildlife sites. This new grant provides the opportunity to create a much improved peninsula and help reduce flood risk.
Two pilot projects have taken place in the Parishes of Birdham and West Itchenor, with the support of the Parish Councils and local Flood groups. MWHG carried out an assessment of the current wetlands system and produced a costed list of management actions required.
The HLF award comes in two parts – a Development Phase (9 months) to trial our plans then, if approved, a second Delivery Phase grant to carry out all the necessary work. Provided everything runs smoothly, the project will continue for 5 years with funding to a total of half a million pounds. Two new part time jobs will be created – those of Project Manager and Wetlands Field Officer. MWHG has also been provided with an HLF mentor, Paul Walshe, who has both local and national knowledge. Indeed, he designed the HLF landscape-scale awards.
Thank you to the many local organisations which supported our application.