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Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in Friskney to provide free sessions to school children thanks to grant from Platform Housing Group

A wildlife park will be able to deliver free sessions to school children after being awarded funding from a housing provider.

Starting this September, The Parrot Zoo Trust at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, in Friskney, will be giving outdoor learning sessions to youngsters thanks to a grant from Platform Housing Group.

Organisers at the park applied to Platform’s Community Chest, a funding pot for customers, local charities, clubs and other not-for-profit organisations to apply for if their work or project directly benefits its clients.

The grant will help fund free outdoor learning sessions for school children.
The grant will help fund free outdoor learning sessions for school children.

The trust was awarded the money after being assessed by a customer experience panel.

Wendy Moore, the funding and engagement manager at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded these funds.

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“It will ensure the pupils can visit the park and engage with our Education Officer, promoting a wider understanding of animal welfare and the natural world.”

The park welcomes more than 1,500 school children each year and feels that outdoor learning benefits them in a range of different ways. The funding means the park can deliver the project – entitled Learning at the Park – over two academic years, starting this September.

Marion Duffy, chief operations officer at Platform Housing Group, said: “We are so pleased to support this fabulous initiative; children from low-income families are often excluded from taking part in costly outdoor learning experiences, so this will be very much welcomed in this area of Lincolnshire.”

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