11:57, Thursday, 1st November 2018

Students from North Lindsey College are working with the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership at Crowle Moors to learn about the local landscape.

The Partnership aims to encourage people to reconnect with their local landscape and cultural heritage through a range of projects.

Following on the success of the last project with students from North Lindsey College, they will carry out activities such as animal husbandry techniques with goats, constructing bird boxes and feeders, creating habitat piles and completing mapping and wildlife/environment surveys.

The previous students who were studying Level 1 Land Based Studies and staff, working with the partnership, were able to undertake and complete the John Muir Award. On completion of the award, The John Muir Trust presented an environmental certificate to show how they have learnt about and taken ownership of Crowle Moors.

The project has been funded thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Cllr John Briggs, Ward Member for Axholme North, said:

“The Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership are carrying out a wide variety of projects involving the local community to help them discover their local landscape and its unique history.

“The latest project with students from North Lindsey College has helped raise awareness of the natural history and heritage Crowle Moors has to offer. They were also given the opportunity to get hands on with the vast range of wildlife living on the Moors, which is fantastic experience for them.

“It is brilliant that even more students are getting involved in the project and learning from the landscape.”

Level 1 Land Based learner, Keeley Bayliss said:

“This course and the John Muir Award are the two best things I have done in my whole life.”

Luke Mineham, a fellow learner commented:

“I have had the most amazing year of my life and it has been life changing for me. I can’t thank Lynda, Jo and our group enough. Thank you again for the best year of my life.”

Tutor, Lynda Millington, Programme Manager stated:

“It has been a fantastic year for Level 1 Land Based learners, with 100 per cent achieving their programme of study. The partnership developed with Joanne Meays, the support from Paul Schofield, Landscape Project Manager, also from Dave Sanderson and Alex Cawley from the Environment Team, has facilitated additional achievements for the learners who undertook The John Muir Award.

“We have seen the students blossom from learning about the principles of the John Muir Trust, by discovering, exploring, conserving and sharing their experiences of Crowle.  We all feel incredibly proud to have been a part of the journey to their successes.”

The Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership was awarded £1.84m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which will allow them to deliver 16 projects worth over £3m. Projects will focus on the internationally important landscapes of Crowle, Thorne and Hatfield Moore and will highlight the strong natural and cultural heritage of local people.

The aim of the partnership is to reconnect local people with their landscape and cultural heritage across the historic Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase.

The partnership is made up of:

  • North Lincolnshire Council
  • Natural England
  • Crowle Peatland Railway Society
  • Canal & River Trust
  • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Wildlife Trust
  • Heritage Lincs

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and building we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

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About The John Muir Trust

The John Muir Trust is the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK. We love wild places and are dedicated to protecting and improving them for people and wildlife. Over 10,000 members support us in our work. Find out more at on the Join Muir Trust website.

Our engagement initiative, the John Muir Award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places.  Since 1997, nearly 300,000 people across the UK have achieved an Award.

About North Lindsey College

North Lindsey College is the largest provider of post-16 education and training in North Lincolnshire, offering a wide range of further education programmes, both vocational and academic, and apprenticeship courses at a range of levels. Our students benefit from excellent facilities plus friendly and experienced staff.

To apply for a course at North Lindsey College, contact the Customer Services team on 01724 281111.  If you need careers advice and guidance, you can book an appointment with the team using the same number. The College is open throughout the whole of the summer to help with any enquiries.