The organisation: Tees Valley Wildlife Trust aims for Tees Valley to support a wildlife-rich natural environment which is valued by everyone. Its mission has three themes: 1. protecting and restoring nature; 2. connecting people with nature, and 3. tackling the climate crisis. It has the organisational values: to act locally for wildlife and the natural environment in the Tees Valley; to work strategically as a partnership of Wildlife Trusts, and to address national and global issues which affect the area. A healthy, wildlife-rich natural world is valuable and is also the foundation of our well-being and prosperity; we depend on it and it depends on us. The Trust approaches everything it does with integrity; establishes common causes with others to develop trusting relationships, and builds lasting partnerships based on mutual respect and shared responsibility. It supports and values volunteers and recognises the contribution they make to achieving the organisational objectives.
The initiative: Sofia's fund will support the hosting of a mini countryside festival called Nature comes to Grangetown. It will be held at Kingsley Field and Greystone Woodland in Grangetown on Friday 11 August 2023 and aims to kick-start the engagement of local people with their local green spaces (Kingsley Field and Greystone Woodland). It will be a free community event for people who live within walking distance of the green spaces where people of all ages will be able to actively participate in hands-on wildlife and countryside skills and crafts. These include: wood-carving, floral paper-making, willow-weaving, making a pebble pet, kite-making and flying, natural printmaking, minibeast homes, beautiful butterflies and marvellous moths, beekeeping and honey-tasting and much more. A key draw of the event will be a 'birds of prey' flying show and handling, all complimented by outdoor fun and games by Redcar and Cleveland Council Youth Service and a fire engine and information from the Grangetown Station of Cleveland Fire Service.