27 June, 2018

The Future is Blooming at Whaddon

Last December we reported on our partnership work with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT) who provide volunteer opportunities to work outdoors on conservation projects in community environments as part of their national scheme Our Bright Future, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Back in December the team were preparing the space in the garden of the YST centre in Whaddon for the coming months, it was cold and damp and many of the projects were just getting started. We decided to take another visit to see how things are progressing now the summer months are nearly underway. Click here for previous article

During our last visit the team were in the process of creating an enclosed seating area on the site of an old willow that they chopped down. Here’s a ‘before and after’ picture.


The volunteers had been preparing the site for planting last time we were there. And now all their hard work is literally blooming. One of the volunteers tells me that,

I’ve learnt general gardening, how to do things at different times of the year.



Another says,

I’ve learnt quite a lot about plants, which I never thought I’d say, and I quite like gardening now, I didn't before.

There’s still lots of work to do: more planting, watering, building a hedgehog shelter, gaining AQA certificates in Habitat Management & Community Engagement - all things the group are working on. As well as developing some new projects.



All of the volunteers talk about the well being they feel after working in the garden, summed up by one young person:

I think being outdoors is quite good for you, being with nature. It helps me to improve my mood.


Anyone interested in volunteering with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust should visit their website.

For more information about our work with young people who are NEET click HERE >

The Our Brighter Future Project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund