A new hedgerow project has been launched aiming to restore wildlife corridors in Lyme Regis.

The project will be run by environmental education company Little Green Change, and Dorset Climate Action Network (Dorset CAN), as part of Dorset CAN’s Great Big Dorset Hedge campaign to facilitate the restoration and extension of hedgerows across Dorset.

It will be funded by Lyme Regis Town Council, and aims to engage local schools, community groups and residents.

There will be community hedgerow surveying sessions in the spring and tailored assembly and class resources being made available to St Michael’s CE VA Primary School, The Woodroffe School, and the Lyme Regis Scouts group.

Clare Matheson, founder and director of Little Green Change, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with Dorset Climate Action Network (Dorset CAN) and Lyme Regis Town Council on this important project.

“Not only is it a great opportunity to teach younger generations and local residents about the benefits hedgerows bring to wildlife, climate change, flood prevention and improved air quality, but it also provides opportunities for interested children, students and adults to gain new surveying skills, and to meet new people through volunteering.”

 Dates and times for upcoming community hedgerow surveying sessions in Lyme Regis are:

•            Saturday, May 4 - 11am-12pm

•            Tuesday, May 14 - 1.30pm-2.30pm.

•            Wednesday, May 29 - 10am-11am. 

No previous surveying experience is necessary. You can sign up to take part in these sessions, via Little Green Change’s website: littlegreenchange.com/hedgerows.