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Activize Your Life is a project which runs out of Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s Environment Centre at Seven Acres Local Nature Reserve, Bolton. Better thought of as a series of projects and activities, it offers people living in nearby Breightmet and Tonge the chance to volunteer for wildlife, to access training, improve their health and wellbeing, increase their contact with other people in their community and it encourages young people to get involved in community activities for the first time.

The Trust has worked to offer activities that meet local needs in the first instance rather than the more traditional wildlife activities that you might expect a Wildlife Trust to set up – so the projects range from Buggy Zumba to Seven Acres Squad; Choir to Urban Adventurers and Health Walks to Nature Tots.

We celebrated people’s involvement by in Spring 2014 writing eight short profiles – they tell each person’s story – how they got involved, what they have done in the project and what being part of it has meant to them.

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The Foreshore is the northern shore of the Derwentwater close to Keswick. It boats stunning scenery and unrivalled views of the lake and surrounding mountains. A £1.25 million Heritage Lottery funded project to revive the Foreshore began in 2009. Our evaluation in late 2012 included a literature review, stakeholder interviews, a visitor survey to gather the views of 100 visitors and a stakeholder workshop to assess the quality of the site on completion.


Recently the Fix the Fells team started evaluating paths with the help of their committed volunteers.  Above is Steve, the National Trust West Valleys Upland Footpath Team Supervisor, who is evaluting the path on the Helvellyn summit.

May from our team has been working with the Fix the Fells team and their path volunteers to develop an evaluation criteria for assessing their paths.  Working together they created a set of points against which they can go out and assess the paths.

We’ve been told that in this photo above you can see how the path on the righthand side was spreading outwards with no containment.

In the photo below, looking up the path to where Steve was evaluating, you can see the lefthand side has been recovered.

Last year we did a piece of evaluation work for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, producing a series of short films to show the impact their Reaching Out for Wildlife project has had on volunteers and the local community.

This was our first foray into creating films, and since then we have made a couple of films to showcase our work on Spaceshaper and a Forest Schools Seminar, and we’re currently working on a series of short films for the North Yorks Moors NPA.

I thought it would be nice to share one of the original short films we produced for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust:

We are currently working on a project for the Lime and Ice project team (part of the North York Moors National Park Authority) to produce a series of short films documenting the work done by a group of volunteers. 

This group of volunteers have been helping to research the landscape and archeology of an area called Yearsley Moor – covering 6,000 years of history from the bronze age to the second world war.

May has been out filming with Jeff Wood to capture this beautiful landscape and the stories that the volunteers have to tell of both the history of this place and their experiences uncovering it.

There have been a number of dawn starts, a lot of fog across the woodland and May is now a veritable mine of knowledge on English history!

We can’t wait to see and share the final films!

Whilst we update our website we will be sharing what we’re up to here – our shiny new blog.  We’ve got some exciting new pieces of work coming up during the summer and some lovely pieces of recent work to share. 

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