Activity Plan – Landscape Skills and Engagement
The project will form a foundation that supports other activity, makes best use of the central scheme team, and adapts as the scheme develops over its lifetime. It will make the most of volunteer development and coordination of opportunities. A programme of heritage events and training will provide entry level involvement and move on to provide support and facilitate independent action. It will also have a targeted programme for communities of interest and youth audience. The final focus is art as an engagement medium.
Lead: North Lincolnshire Council
The IoAHC Programme team have been able to use this project to engage with a wide range of residents and visitors to the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase; putting to use and developing the skills people have gained through other partnership projects, they have been able to further experience the heritage and landscape of the area.
Regular volunteers have been able to get out and undertake various archaeological events such as field walking, finds identification and test pitting.
Schools, families and youth groups such as brownies and scout groups have been able to undertake pond dipping and mini beast sessions, nature walks focused on important wildlife such as Bats and Nightjars.
Wider volunteering opportunities have allowed for people to get out into the landscape and undertake practical conservation activities around Belton Country Park or creating a board walk on Crowle Moors to improve access for visitors.
“Great event for all ages. Thank you! Will be useful for us as we home educate.”
“I really enjoyed the whole thing especially watching the bats catch the insects.”
“A very enjoyable experience for both myself and my daughter. We really loved it, thank you.”
“Really enjoyed this and will pass my skills onto someone else if possible.”
“We had a fab time pond dipping. We loved catching water scorpions; great diving beetles and water boatmen. Thank you very much.”
“Very interesting for our grandchildren, especially the one who normally runs a mile when anything flies or crawls nearby!.”