2020 Vision is a dynamic new people engagement project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The fund is designed to strengthen organisations and build the capacity of staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long-term.
This project specifically will focus on creating public awareness of the serious state of nature and to foster a grassroots movements to act for wildlife via community initiatives and large-scale events.
Most topical, the funding will also enable the 2020 Team to respond to new challenges in nature conservation and changes in environmental protection when the UK leaves the European Union.
Nature is under threat from human impacts on the environment, climate change, housing and industrial development, pollution and intensive agriculture and fishing. According to The State of Nature Report (2016): “Between 1970 and 2013, 56% of UK species declined…15% are threatened with extinction. This suggests we are among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.”
There are pockets of beauty in the UK, but Northumberland is as depleted as anywhere else is, and the current situation is far from the rich picture of pre-1940s diversity: meadows and grasslands are 98% gone and the county has little remaining native woodland. And in Newcastle and North Tyneside, the demand for housing and industry has caused urban sprawl with green space reduced to green corridors.
There is now an urgent need for fundamental change which can only happen with significant support from the public. The grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund is so invaluable to us as it will enable us to work with local communities to restore our natural landscapes - without this we risk losing many of our iconic species and the natural habitats upon which they (and we) depend.
We really need your support so if you would like to get involved please, contact the 2020 Project Team (0191) 284 6884 or email email@example.com.