30/10/2015

Access to nature

Bristol Zoo introduces bursary scheme – enabling all pockets of the community to get closer to nature

Bristol Zoological Society has just introduced an ‘Access to Nature’ bursary scheme, designed to engage with individuals and groups who are least likely to visit Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project due to prohibitive costs and transportation access.

Over the next three years, the Society aims to provide at least 100 community groups, who would not normally have the resources or chance to visit Wild Place Project or Bristol Zoo Gardens access to nature and an out-of-classroom learning experience.

Simon Garrett, Bristol Zoological Society’s Head of Learning said: “People learn through what they do, encounter and discover. We have a strong desire to engage with people in all communities and postcodes around Bristol and bring them all a little bit closer to nature.”

The scheme will offer individuals a free visit to either of the Society’s attractions – Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project - as well as an optional education session.

As a result of a partnership between City West Commercials and Bristol Zoological Society, the scheme also offers groups the chance to arrive at either of the attractions in style, in a new animal-themed minibus.

Matthew England – Marketing Manager at City West Commercials said: “It has been our pleasure to provide Bristol Zoo with a 17 seat minibus for them to use. We very much hope that it will not only provide them with the practical support needed but will raise awareness of the Zoo and the project within the community.”

Bristol Zoological Society is asking all community groups in and around Bristol to apply to the scheme. For more information or to apply, email: education@bristolzoo.org.uk.

The wildlife charity is also asking for the support of businesses to help fund the scheme. Western Power Distribution has already shown their support and has funded a number of free visits and transportation for groups wanting to visit either of the Society’s attractions.

Tracy Carr, Community Liaison Officer of Western Power Distribution said of their involvement: “We are delighted to lend our support to this scheme which is an excellent opportunity for groups to explore nature, understand the importance of conservation and have fun too.”

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