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Discover the natural side of the Isle of Wight

Fri 21 Jun 2013

Discover the natural side of the Isle of Wight

Getting a chance to enjoy the great outdoors is one of the main attractions of the Isle of Wight

Holidaymakers flock from all parts of the UK - and from further afield - in order to enjoy some of the gorgeous walks the island has to offer. Indeed, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival is one of the most popular events on the calendar. 

Offering over 270 guided walks - which are suited to a range of abilities and age - it gives visitors a structured opportunity to see some of the sights, while also getting the opportunity to exercise. 

Another great initiative is the Natural Wight project. Launched in 2011 as part of the Access to Nature programme, it seeks to encourage people to get outdoors and do their bit to conserve the environment.

It has been confirmed the project will receive funding from Natural England and the Big Lottery Fund for another year at least, guaranteeing a range of activities including rock pooling and food walks.

Originally developed as a two-year scheme, such has been the popularity of the scheme that it has been extended for another 12 months. To demonstrate how successful Natural Wight is, a video has been created showing some of the activities it offers, the Isle of Wight County Press reports.  

Lisa Toyne, Natural Wight project manager, said: "It gives people the chance to get out and do conservation activities, it gives them a love of nature and gets them thinking about saving it."

Coordinator of the programme Claire Hector said Natural Wight has been particularly successful when it comes to encouraging young people to take more of an interest in the environment, with walks and conservations days proving popular. 

Families holidaying on the island may find this scheme to be right up their street, as it gives them the perfect opportunity to explore some of the nature on offer. ADNFCR-3083-ID-801602329-ADNFCR

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