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The Wyre Forest has taken to the airwaves with the launch of its own interactive Youtube TV Channel.
Wyre Forest TV will feature videos promoting different elements of the Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Project; a scheme led by the Forestry Commission which was set up to help restore the unique landscape of Wyre, celebrate its rich working history and help rejuvenate the local land-based economy.
There will also be videos of wildlife in their natural habitats as captured by various cameras around the forest.
Anyone will be able to link their videos to the site, and visitors to the forest will be encouraged to upload and share their Wyre experiences for all to see
Chris Mansell from the Forestry Commission, the lead partner in the project, said:
"The Youtube TV channel is a great online forum for people to see what’s going on at Wyre, as well as learn more about the ongoing restoration work.
"By allowing anyone to post their own videos we hope the Wyre Forest TV page will grow into an informative and entertaining online community dedicated to the Wyre Forest."
Grow With Wyre is running 18 separate projects to help restore the unique landscape of Wyre.
The Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme consists of organisations including Natural England, Shropshire County Council, Bewdley Development Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Worcester County Council, Wyre Forest Study Group, Wyre Community Land Trust, Wyre Forest District Council, Bewdley Development Trust and the National Trust.
For more information about the Grow With Wyre projects visit www.growwithwyre.org
To view the Wyre Forest TV Channel, go to http://www.youtube.com/WyreForestTV#p/f
Notes to editor
- The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For further information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westmidlands.
- The Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership programme is being delivered by a partnership of the following organisations. The Forestry Commission is the lead partner in the Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme, joined by Natural England, Shropshire County Council, Bewdley Development Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Worcester County Council, Wyre Forest Study Group, Wyre Community Land Trust, Wyre Forest District Council, Bewdley Development Trust and the National Trust.
The Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership programme is led by the Forestry Commission and was set up to help restore the unique landscape of Wyre, celebrate its rich working history and help protect rare species like butterflies. This £4 million Scheme is mainly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is made up from 18 projects, covering biodiversity, community involvement, access, local history, economic regeneration and education.
- GrantScape - GrantScape has a fourteen-year environmental and community grant-making heritage. It is also a major funder of biodiversity projects across England and Wales (see www.grantscape.org.uk). Since 2005, GrantScape has awarded some £10 million through its Biodiversity Challenge Fund to 25 major projects considered to deliver the most significant gains for UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitats and species. Grow with Wyre’s "Rejuvenating Traditional Orchards, Special Trees and Ancient Hedgerows" project was one of six grant award winners under its 2007 Biodiversity Challenge Fund. The £294,000 grant from GrantScape is also being made available through the Landfill Communities Fund, using monies provided by Waste Recycling Group Ltd.
- The Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership programme is helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes and rural communities. Grants range from £250,000 up to £2m. To date, HLF has awarded £416m to over 2,785 projects for support of the UK's natural heritage.
- The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money raised through the National Lottery to sustain and transform a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 33,900 projects, allocating £4.5billion across the UK, including just under £320million to the West Midlands alone. Website: www.hlf.org.uk
- Media contacts: Chris Mansell, Wyre Forest project manager, on 01905 533839