Weymouth Wildlife Regeneration

By David McGowan

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Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth and Portland are two of the greatest places in the UK. Nowhere else can you find such a picturesque harbourside, beautiful sandy beach, and unique town centre all within one square mile as in you can in Weymouth! Portland is a hugely important place, being the site of the stone used for Buckingham Palace, Regent Street, and St Paul’s Cathedral. In more recent times, Weymouth and Portland have both become known as two of the great tourist hotspots in the UK, with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The Great Environmental Problem

Climate Change is the single greatest threat facing the world and, while they are noble ventures, simply cutting down on waste, reducing energy consumption, and moving to renewable energy, will not on their own reverse this man-made disaster. If we reduce our production of all things that cause climate change, then we are still left with the pollutants that have led to huge climate disturbances worldwide. We need to start working to reverse this problem as well as preventing it to get worse.

Weymouth and Portland have large areas of land which have been scarred by the actions of humans, including the quarry sites on Portland, the Naval base, and the disused areas of previous industrial and commercial use.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

We are looking to purchase 6.8 Acres of land and restore them to natural havens for native plants and wildlife. This will, in a small way, work to reversing the effects that humans have created since the industrial revolution.

Our work will be done in conjunction with experts in natural environments, as well as in partnership with local environmental associations to enable the areas to act as havens for wildlife, especially bees, to help reverse the woeful decline in the natural pollinator population.

We hope that this combination of rejuvenation of a previous scar upon the UK landscape, as well as introducing native plant species and bees will have a wide-reaching impact on the local environment, as well as contribute, even if only a small amount, to the reversal or reduction of climate change.

This project aims to create a wonderful area that can be used by the entire community, not just a small area of trees tucked away. The whole purpose is to enable people to experience nature and have a playful and restful place, while also knowing there are fantastic benefits for the environment.

Weymouth Wildlife Regeneration is part of the 1000 Acres project, a not-for-profit social project run by Intuitive Change Consultancy Limited - A private company limited by guarantee, legally unable to make a profit, focussed on social, environmental and sustainability projects - further information is available at www.intuitivechange.org

Any income generated in terms of sponsorship, donations, or other revenue, will be spent directly on the purchase of land, plants and trees, or expenses, such as legal fees for the project to be completed.

You can join us

We understand that this is a grand undertaking, and so we will be doing this in 'phases'. Phase one aims to get the first project funded to enable land purchase and clearance (including legal/planning fees), tree/plant purchase and planting, and upkeep of any species introduced to the area. This will also enable us to provide a 'proof of concept', enabling us to achieve sponsorship of future projects.

We are not offering 'rewards' for this project, as this will not be something that either produces income or products. however, all projects, once complete, will be run by local people, for the benefit of both local and national people with. the ultimate aim of providing areas that anyone can enjoy.

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Team Members

David McGowan

Barry Whettingsteel