Exciting Announcement from Stepping into Nature

“Our exciting announcement is that we have been awarded £101,286 to support adults living with disabilities to engage with the landscape and experience farming life. It will also help us bring partners together to continue work on building our Nature Buddy Network across Dorset.”

“The grant will be used to help adults with disabilities explore and understand the farming environment in Dorset. It will also train and support farmers to safely run farm events, opening up the countryside to a wider range of people. This is a key aspiration of the Dorset AONB.

The 18 month project, starting in Autumn 2023, will see Stepping into Nature facilitate visits to farms in the Dorset AONB for existing community groups of people living with health conditions and additional needs. Farmers will be supported to host these visits and will be provided with fully funded training, through the widely recognised CEVAS course, to ensure the visit is high quality and suited to the groups attending. Further to this, farmers will receive additional one-to-one support to ensure they are ready to begin welcoming people onto their working farms.”

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