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Richard Nyirenda Community Driven Conservation

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Richard Nyirenda, Black Country Living Landscapes

Better Environments, Better Lives
West Midlands Conference
Friday 27th February 2009
Birmingham City Football Club
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Richard Nyirenda Community Driven Conservation

  1. 1. Black Country Living Landscape Community Driven Conservation Richard Nyirenda Black Country Living Landscape Project Development Officer Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009 Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country
  2. 2. The Context <ul><li>The BC is a World Heritage story of people and place. </li></ul><ul><li>Over million people who live & work in the BC. </li></ul><ul><li>An industrial heritage to envy. </li></ul><ul><li>However its most deprived neighbourhoods are amongst the worst in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>Highest rates of obesity in the UK. </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployment above national average. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of good quality accessible open space. </li></ul><ul><li>Poor external perception – low environmental quality </li></ul><ul><li>BC Study identified education (skills) and environmental transformation as the key drivers of change. </li></ul>Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009
  3. 3. Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009
  4. 4. Our response <ul><li>Six priority areas of activity: </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Geo-diversity Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible Natural Greenspace </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul>Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009
  5. 5. Our model for community involvement <ul><li>CREATING ( PRACTICAL ACTION) </li></ul><ul><li>Community allotments; </li></ul><ul><li>Community arts; </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of local identity. </li></ul><ul><li>ENOYING ( COMMUNITY COHESION) </li></ul><ul><li>Walks, trails, sports; </li></ul><ul><li>Safer/ cleaner environments; </li></ul><ul><li>Events and celebrations. </li></ul><ul><li>NURTURING ( LIFELONG LEARNING) </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental education; </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Green’ volunteering; </li></ul><ul><li>Management / ‘friends’ groups </li></ul>Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009 Creating Enjoying Nurturing
  6. 6. The Approach <ul><li>Building a strong and working partnership at both meso and local level. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivery and strategic partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community panel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flagship component - management and improvement plans for 20 LNR </li></ul><ul><li>Local Community based component </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends of Moorcroft Wood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old Gorsebrook Road Quarry in Whitmore Reans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mill Pool in Sandwell </li></ul></ul>Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009
  7. 7. Flagship component <ul><li>Management and improvement plans for 20 LNR in the Black Country </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted our poorest environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close collaboration with local authorities and friends of groups – community based POs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Was part of the BCUP & HLF bids? – some if the improvement implemented by LAs </li></ul></ul>Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009 Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country
  8. 8. Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009
  9. 9. Old Gorsebrook Road Quarry <ul><li>Site has huge potential for community involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geological exposures, Improving access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Landscaping, Security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpretation and local history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connectivity and linkages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Whitmore Reans LNP in partnership with Wildlife Trust, Black Country Geodiversity Action Plan, NE, Wolverhampton City Council, West Midlands Police </li></ul><ul><li>Public consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Plans and funding bid being put together </li></ul>Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009 Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country
  10. 10. Mill Pool <ul><li>Public open space and lake in Hateley Heath, Sandwell </li></ul><ul><li>Hateley Heath Initiative a community group has improved the site with support from Sandwell MBC & EA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access & infrastructure, security, DDA compliant paths and trails, litter bins and benches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level of use by schools and local people increased </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water quality improved </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Looking at possibilities for future support and maintenance </li></ul>Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009 Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country
  11. 11. Moorcroft Wood LNR <ul><li>LNR in Moxley Walsall, its an old industrial site </li></ul><ul><li>Active Friends Of group with Walsall Council support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular management of site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Support to Friends Of group to apply for funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access improvements and interpretation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental education – community events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Getting young people involved on the site </li></ul><ul><li>Wildlife Trust and Walsall Council Environment Education Centre </li></ul>Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009 Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country
  12. 12. Conclusion … Black Country Living Landscape will make a lasting change in people’s awareness, access to and engagement with their natural environment. Black Country Living Landscape is an initiative of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and The Black Country Better environments better lives conference Birmingham City FC 27 February 2009 Discussion Time

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