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NEXTDOOR NATURE: Grant to help residents support nature across Watford secured

 Published on: 1st December 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford residents are being encouraged to support nature on their doorstop as part of a project by The Wildlife Trusts.

Thanks to £5million in funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Nextdoor Nature is set to provide residents with the advice they need to support nature. It will encourage local people to play a part in helping to solve the climate crisis and aims to ensure that everyone can make the most of their local nature spots.

This can include transforming a barren patch of land with wildflowers, building a bug hotel, creating a pond, growing a vegetable garden, planting trees, or organising a litter pick.

Nextdoor Nature in Watford is being delivered by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. The funding from the National Lottery has enabled the trust to employ Esme Staunton Howe as a wilder communities officer for the town.

Esme said: “It’s clear that people want to look after their neighbourhoods, but knowing where to start is often hard. Nextdoor Nature gives people a platform to say how they want to get involved with nature on their patch, which is really important to me as I grew up in Watford and I want to see the town, its people and wildlife thrive.

“I’m excited to see a shift in making people feel like they can do something, to help people realise their own ideas, as well as linking up people, groups and organisations. There’s already some amazing work underway in the local community and I would love to hear from anyone who is already taking action or who wants to in future.”

If you are keen to do something positive for the environment in the local area, please email

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