Green Academies Project

Green Academies Project volunteer Jacko teaches bug hunting with young teens

The Green Academies Project supports young people in looking after the green spaces where they live. We want young people to understand the challenges faced by the environment, recognise the important role nature plays in our lives, and be part of the future of nature conservation.

Our ambition is to connect young people to local green spaces, and support them to grow the skills and experience they need to look after nature on their doorstep.

Six of our places are working alongside young people and communities to look after the places important to them in Birmingham, South London, Greater Manchester, Newcastle and Wrexham.
 

Birmingham

This is where the Green Academies Project all began, back in Birmingham in 2009. Young people have committed more than 20,000 hours of volunteering to date, including planting over 500 bluebell, wild garlic and wood anemone bulbs.

Morden Hall Park in London


In the heart of South London, Morden Hall Park prides itself on being a part of the community and local young people have responded to real life environmental issues facing nature. The Urban Rangers have created 8 new habitat spaces to welcome wildlife in to the city and we are redesigning the courtyard spaces in a local housing estate to make room for nature.

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Lucy's story

Aged 13, Lucy is on a mission to protect her local wildlife. She lives in a block of flats in London, but spends her time designing wildflower meadows and creating habitats at nearby Morden Hall Park, with a group of like-minded young people who are determined to make a difference.

‘I’ve always loved the environment but I’ve never really known how to help it,’ says Lucy, as she and the Urban Rangers set about transforming their favourite green space.

Greater Manchester – Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey


In the North West, the Green Academies Project is working alongside our community neighbours in Partington and Wythenshawe. By creating allotments to grow our own food and finding our way in to secret gardens we are helping more young people to get outdoors and closer to nature.

Gibside in the North East

GAP Gibside is working with young people and their local communities in Gateshead, Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland to develop their skills and confidence and improve local green spaces. We are creating community gardens, managing and creating meadows, planting trees and managing habitats for local wildlife.

Erddig and Wrexham

We established a Youth Club at Felin Puleston Countryside Centre back in 1999 and recognise that young people make a valuable contribution to the future of their community, their own lives and those around them. 

Now Felin Puleston is a community hub where young people have planted an orchard, built a natural play area and even welcomed some resident scarecrows in to the garden.

Visitor photographng flowers

Green Academies Project film competition 

Do you fancy yourself as the next David Attenborough? If you're between the ages of 11 – 24 and have a passion for nature, why not tell your story by making a short film? 10 finalists will even have their film screened at Countryfile Live 2018 - could you be one of them?

Our Bright Future at Coleg Cambria

Our Bright Future 

GAP is part of Our Bright Future, a cross-organisational programme led by The Wildlife Trusts to inspire young people to look after their local environment and become advocates for nature. The Trust works with many local organisations to deliver GAP, and has received £1 million of support from the Big Lottery Fund.