Residents urged to grass-up land

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COUNTY residents are being encouraged to ‘grass-up’ information about specific areas of natural land to help conserve them in the future.

Earlier this year, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NWT) £5,000 to enable it to find out exactly what people know about grasslands through taking part in a short online questionnaire.

Now the regional organisation has joined forces with 10 other conservation groups, under the leadership of wild plant charity Plantlife, to plan a national Save Our Magnificent Meadows campaign.

As a result, it will bid for a share of £2million from the HLF and if successful it will carry out vital grasslands conservation work.

The information provided via the questionnaire will enable campaign leaders to highlight key issues which need to be addressed and help teams plan opportunities for people to get more involved in plant conservation.

Only two per cent of the meadows that existed in the 1930s remain today and, in Northumberland, those involved are concentrating on two types of grasslands.

They are whin grasslands, which are only found in the county, and calaminarian grasslands – more popularly known as heavy metal grasslands.

Steve Lowe, NWT Head of Conservation, said: “Please help us save these unique and beautiful places by completing the online survey, which will help in our attempts to secure funding to conserve them.

“It will only take five minutes but the answers you give really will help us make a difference.”

The questionnaire is available at http://tinyurl.com/savingmagnificent meadows