Here at Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, we run a number of environmental projects - working with Boston Big Local and Friendly Bench and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. All of our environmental projects cover the Boston area and are managed by our Environmental Projects Co-ordinator, Jackie Lane.
Naturehood encourages people to get involved in improving the Boston area's wildlife habitats - developing number of naturehood sites across Boston. Boston Big Local (BBL) is resident-led and has local volunteers to improve the environment - this involves litterpicks and rivercare activities. Friendly Bench is outside Ancaster Court, Broadfield Lane, in Boston - and is a space where everyone is welcome, a meeting space for the whole community.
We work closely with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to improve sites around Boston to improve them for wildlife.
At these sites we have built bug hotels, bird boxes, planted wildflowers and built log piles. In addition, we have worked with the Cubs, Sure Start Children’s Centres, local schools and organisations to help them improve their own sites for wildlife and we attend community events to work with local people.
We work with RiverCare (Keep Britain Tidy/Anglian Water) to improve our important riverbanks and surrounding areas by carrying out litter picks. We work closely with Boston Rowing Club and local volunteers. To date we have been involved in litter picking but future activities include getting involved in conservation tasks and wildlife surveys.
The Friendly Bench
The Friendly Bench is outside Ancaster Court in Broadfield Lane, Boston. Although on Ancaster Court’s land the bench is available for everyone to use. We hold monthly events at the Friendly Bench when everyone is welcome to come along and make new friends. Past events include a history talk, dementia awareness, planting, King’s Coronation celebration event, Marie Curie Charity event, the Men’s Shed, the RSPB Big Bird Count and Curo-Lincs therapy dogs. We have been pleased to welcome Singing for Fun, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, children from Carlton Road Primary School, Boston History Tours, students from Boston College and others. There is always a warm welcome, tea and cake, and events are free to attend.
Working with Local Organisations
The Young People’s Learning Provision, the Men’s Shed and the Thomas Middlecott Academy get involved in regular environmental improvement projects.
Working with Local Residents
Everyone is welcome to attend all our community events. Activities are suitable for all ages and gloves and tools are provided. Look out on the website, on Facebook and on our volunteer leaflet to find out what is going on and get involved!
Supporting Local people getting involved in Environmental Projects
If local people want to pick up litter in their own neighbourhood, we can supply them with litter picking equipment and support. We support residents in the Boston Big Local area to improve where they live so if there’s an unloved area that needs tidying or a space that could be a wild but safe area to visit or play in, we will help residents to take action for nature.