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Thursday, January 22, 2015

News Flash...

A few news items that might be of interest.... all things we are involved with.

IW County Press, 23rd Jan 2015 - Page 12 - "Initiative to rid IW of weed". An article about Pesky Plant Pulling. I hope you are all going to donate cash so we can go out PP pulling in 2015...!!!!!!

The following item was on the IWCP web site....

Cash boost for Naturezone's natural way to a healthier life

By Richard Wright
Monday, January 19, 2015

Cash boost for Naturezone's natural way to a healthier life
At the presentation of cash from Spectrum Housing Group are, back, from left, Andy Pound, Dave Talbot, Becky Haydock, Sam Brooks and Wendy Cooper; front, Jill Fothergill, Brian Read, Dana Edkins and Angela Hewitt.
THE Naturezones wildife education trust on the Isle of Wight has issued an invitation to join a project set up as a result of a £2,000 donation from Spectrum Housing.
Naturezones’ project manager, Angela Hewitt, said: "The money was awarded for us to run a health and fitness project for people with low energy levels.
"We applied for the funds after discussing the idea with Sam Brooks, an NHS health trainer employed by Community Action Isle of Wight, based at the Riverside Centre, Newport.
"We both agreed healthy living began with being outdoors in the fresh air. The activities included completing surveys of the flora and fauna that inhabits our nature reserve.
"Photography, sketching, potting-up wildflower plants and gathering seeds are included. We will also be providing a healthy lunch, such as fresh vegetable soup and fruit.
"Other organisations who have clients who may fit into our programme are welcome to join us at our reserve, at Birchmore Lane, Blackwater."

And finally.....
Just picked up the follow article from the IWCP web site. So it looks as though the Council are going ahead with it...! Well Mark, how much has the IoWGG got in the tea kitty, enough for a bid? :-))
All joking aside, I wonder who we will be working with (for?) on these sites in the future? I notice that they hope to have it all sorted by April 1st - All Fools Day - Hahaha.....

Future of Isle of Wight beauty spots considered by council

Brading Down is among the beauty spots which could be managed by organisations other than the Isle of Wight Council in future. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
FAMOUS Isle of Wight beauty spots such as Brading Down, Afton Marshes near Freshwater and Rew Down, Ventnor will not be looked after by the Isle of Wight Council in future.
The council is looking for an organisation to take over the running of its countryside estate and service, which currently manages 120 hectares across 20 locations on the Isle of Wight.
The sites include protected areas famous for their wildlife which are currently owned by the authority. The new partner organisation which will run the areas would maintain the beauty spots and improve public access.
Some countryside sites will be retained by the council for operational reasons but the majority are due to be transferred. Some of the staff, vehicles and other assets will also be transferred under the new working arrangement, depending on the agreement that is eventually reached.
The chosen partner organisation will receive a grant from the Isle of Wight council for the first three years after it takes over running the estate.
An Isle of Wight Council spokesman said how the service would be continued after that funding ended was a key consideration in choosing a successful provider.
Cllr Luisa Hillard, executive member for sustainability, environment and public realm, said: "I can assure residents that the council takes its stewardship responsibilities very seriously and that we value our countryside as an asset for not only our wildlife but residents and visitors.
"Public access will therefore be protected so that we can all continue to enjoy these sites. I am confident that we will have some high quality applicants come forward who will be able to invest and improve our countryside for the benefit of the Isle of Wight."
Interested parties will have until March 6 to complete and submit their application. It is hoped the new partner organisation will be in place by April 1.

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