New project celebrates the borough’s wildlife

Telford & Wrekin Council have launched a new initiative to help promote and celebrate green spaces in the borough.

My Wild Telford have launched a new twitter account @My_Wild_Telford to support the initiative. 

Since 2016, more than 1000 hectares of land have been protected, including 16 Local Nature Reserves and 200 Green Guarantee sites.

As well as publishing news stories about new and exciting projects set to take place across the boroughs green spaces @My_Wild_Telford will allow local residents to share their wildlife sightings and green space photographs. 

Telford and Wrekin’s green spaces are home to over 25 friends groups, groups of dedicated volunteers who care for their local green areas. It is hoped that the new twitter account it will become the focus for local residents to share their stories, wildlife sightings and to encourage more people to volunteer and join local groups.

The launch comes two weeks before World Environment Day (on Friday 5 June) which will promote a global call to act #ForNature.

To celebrate World Environment Day, the Council and @My_Wild_Telford will be hosting a weekend of virtual challenges and events for local residents to engage with the wildlife and nature in their gardens or in the green spaces they visit during their daily exercise. More details will be released shortly.

Cllr Healy, cabinet member for Visitor Economy, Historic and Natural Environment, and Climate Change said: 

“Since 2016 we have protected more green spaces than at any other time in the history of the Council. 

“The links between green space and health are well known and having a biodiverse and healthy natural environment on our doorstep is vitally important for everyone in the borough.  They will become even more important now as we start to move forward as a borough to recover from the effects of self-isolation and social distancing.

“My Wild Telford will enable us to really celebrate the green spaces in the borough and let residents know what a fantastic network of green spaces we have, as well as enabling residents to contribute to this project and showcase the wildlife they see.”