Help kids go wild at Whitlingham

A vision to bring more of the wild into a corner of Norwich will soon become reality thanks to Tesco’s 5p bag charge.

The project will see the creation of a new pond with dipping platform at Whitlingham Country Park on the outskirts of the city to bring more wildlife in and to teach children about the water life and environment.

The pond will bring an underutilised corner of the country park to life and open up access to this area between the flint barn and the Outdoor Education Centre.

The low ropes course at the park will also be relocated to the Outdoor Education Centre under the scheme so it can be used by community groups in regular teaching activities and can be better maintained for public events.

Wild at Whitlingham is a joint project between the Outdoor Education Centre and the Broads Authority, which manages the country park on behalf of Whitlingham Charitable Trust.

It is one of three projects guaranteed £8,000 through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme – which involves customers voting for their favourite using tokens they are given when they shop – but with your help could win the top prize of £12,000.

Nick Sanderson, Education Officer at the Broads Authority, said: “The relocation of the low ropes course and the creation of the pond will provide facilities close to the visitor hub to meet the needs of visiting groups.

“The pond is great for people and wildlife as it will provide both a habitat and an educational resource for school and community groups to use in a safe and accessible environment.”

“And getting the full £12,000 will allow for further landscaping around the pond, habitat creation and construction of an outdoor education shelter to allow for all weather and season use – so we really want shoppers to vote for us.”

Whitlingham Country Park is visited by more than 200,000 people each year. Visiting groups regularly request activities which cannot easily be offered currently.

The public will be able to vote for their favourite project in local Tesco stores until Sunday 6 March.

Tuesday 1 March 2016