Project Dates: Trial phase 2022

Funder: The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The project also aims to deliver: 

  • The development of a wide range of volunteering opportunities enabling people from diverse backgrounds to benefit from the social, mental and physical well-being of outdoor, nature-based work. 
  • Programmes to build resilience and improve mental and physical health through connection to nature such as green and social prescribing. 
  • A programme of community visits aimed at people who do not readily access green spaces. 
  • A working partnership with CIC Hill Holt Wood to develop nature-based, outdoor learning and qualifications at Doddington for young learners with special educational needs or are at risk of exclusion from school. 
  • The creation of a detailed plan for new trails around Wilder Doddington, with citizen science and interpretation to encourage more diverse casual onsite visitors and help deepen engagement of all visitors to Wilder Doddington. 
  • Plans for construction of the ‘Wild House’, a cutting-edge exemplar of sustainable building techniques as a base for educational and community activities. 
  • Plans to rewet part of the estate to increase aquatic biodiversity, clean water and provide natural flood management for Lincoln. 
  • A wide range of opportunities for farmers, land managers and professionals to learn about nature recovery, carbon and soil health, and natural flood management. 

The educational partnerships and aims of this project hope to create a resilient future for education and outreach at Doddington and in turn, will create opportunities for all to visit Wilder Connections to learn, develop skills and promise a healthy future for people and the planet. 

Wilder Doddington will provide a stimulating backdrop and raison d’etre for Wilder Connections. The benefits and outcomes of Wilder Connections will support the continued development of Wilder Doddington.