The Green Academies Project (GAP)

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Latest update 24.09.2013 11:41

The Green Academies Project aims to develop new learning and leisure opportunities for young adults from South Birmingham and to encourage new audiences to participate in, and enjoy local green spaces.

GAP NVQ in Practical Conservation

The National Trust is working to deliver NVQ (or equivalent), courses in Practical Conservation. Now in our third year of delivery, the courses run from September to July annually and are assessed through practical work on site with a conservation tutor and our Ranger, Bob Ayres. Many students have progressed to Level 2 qualifications and others have moved into employment or apprenticeships.

GAP Apprenticeship Programme

We are currently trying to secure the GAP apprenticeship scheme in the long term so that it will be sustainable, post funding in 2013. We are able to offer one young unemployed person a two year placement every year where they work alongside our Ranger as well as continuing their studies through the National Apprenticeship Scheme. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for young people able to gain a place, it also increases our capacity in the management of our countryside site.

GAP Benefits

Since the programme began we have been able to introduce many new elements to the management of the Clent hills, such as traditional laid hedges, hazel coppices, natural play spaces, a fruit orchard and much more. In addition to this, the participants have the opportunity to improve their own local area at the green spaces on their doorstep and have already created three new orchards, three new natural play areas and five new allotment sites as well as creating and restoring many hedgerows.

GAP special thanks to...

This project has been made possible by the £211,000 grant awarded by Natural England through its Access to Nature Programme -part of the Big Lottery Fund’s £25 million Changing Spaces Programme.

We'd also like to thank the following Foundations and Trusts for their support with the ongoing development of the GAP Project:

Jeremy Willson Charitable Trust, Singer Foundation, William A Cadbury Charitable Trust, Aspect Charitable Trust.