7 January, 2020
The project Our Bright Future is an ambitious and innovative partnership led by The Wildlife Trusts which brings together the youth and environmental sectors. The programme is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and is formed of 31 projects across the UK. Each project is helping young people gain vital skills and experience and improve their wellbeing. At the same time, they act as catalysts for delivering change for their local environment and community; whilst contributing to a greener economy.
The YST's decision to introduce the project to their London Road garden was part of a wider initiative to tackle climate change within our service whilst providing new volunteering opportunities for young people to gain skills and experience whilst learning about their environment.
The project is free to attend and takes place every Thursday afternoon from 2-4.30pm and is aimed at any 16-24 year old that wishes to take part. They can opt in and out and there are opportunities to work towards accreditation for some skills and experiences.
Since November we've been working on clearing the brambles - considering the food and home for birds and a visiting fox - planting bulbs, discovering a hidden stone planter, building and painting planters and bird boxes and creating fat balls to keep the birds happy over the winter months.
The sessions are led by Milly Spencer from GWT and supported by YST staff, Leisa taylor and Toni Nixon.Support workers from other organisations are welcome too.