Reaching Out for Wildlife was an initiative run by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust between 2007-2010 (supported by the Big Lottery Fund). Its aim was to assist and help establish local community groups for the purpose of community-led gardening, growing and wildlife conservation. The initiative was a huge success and resulted in a wide variety of local projects being established, ranging from ‘green gardening’ groups and ‘eco clubs’ for children, to community-led land reclamation, nature recording and activities led by people with learning difficulties.
The success of the project was documented by Pathways Consultancy in a series of case studies, each one telling the story of an individual participant in the project. The case studies were produced by Countryscape as richly illustrated booklets, summarising the personal journey of each participant using a colourful and engaging ‘scrapbook’ feel, appealing to a broad audience. The case studies were highly praised by the Wildlife Trust and contributed to the project’s ongoing legacy as a beacon of good practice in community engagement.