Wild Exmouth project secures Heritage Lottery funding

PUBLISHED: 13:44 30 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:22 30 October 2018

(left to right) District councillor Tom Wright, Exmouth mayor councillor Jeff Trail and Tim Dafforn of East Devon Countryside team at Hillcrest Community Nature Reserve. Picture: East Devon District Council

(left to right) District councillor Tom Wright, Exmouth mayor councillor Jeff Trail and Tim Dafforn of East Devon Countryside team at Hillcrest Community Nature Reserve. Picture: East Devon District Council

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A project aimed at enhancing Exmouth’s green spaces has benefitted from a lottery funding cash boost.

The Wild Exmouth project can now be launched after a £65,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant was rubber-stamped.

The scheme, managed by the East Devon District Council (EDDC) countryside team in partnership with the authority’s StreetScene team, aims to strengthen wildlife areas like Bapton and Withycombe Brooks.

Additional funding will be provided by EDDC and Exmouth Town Council and the countryside team is now looking to recruit an ‘enthusiastic’ ranger.

Councillor Jeff Trail, mayor of Exmouth, said: “Exmouth Town Council is really pleased to be supporting this project. We are looking forward to working together with the community and encouraging as many people to get involved in improving the wildlife spaces in the town as well as their own gardens.

“It is a great way to be outdoors, improve our local open spaces and learn about the wildlife at the same time.”

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