Green Academies Project
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.
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.
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.