The Green Academies Project, Gibside

Young people working outdoors

We love the outdoors, and as a conservation charity we're always trying to get more people involved. Now, through the Green Academies Project (GAP) there are plenty of ways for young people to join in too.

Through the Green Academies Project (GAP) we are providing young people with the opportunity to help conserve and enhance their local green spaces. For themselves, their neighbours and the future.

If you're aged between 11-24 years old and are looking to build your skills and experience in nature conservation and horticulture, then this could be for you or someone that you know.

Becoming a GAP Urban Ranger is an ideal opportunity to improve your knowledge of local wildlife and conservation. With a team ethos, you can also make friends and above all, enjoy the outdoors. Anyone is welcome; all backgrounds and abilities.

The aim of the initiative, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, is to make positive, sustainable links with the local community, supporting diversity and opportunity.

Volunteers preparing a raised bed area in Leadgate.
Youth volunteers prepare a raised bed in Leadgate
Volunteers preparing a raised bed area in Leadgate.

There are a number of GAP projects running across Newcastle, Gateshead and Durham including Millennium Garden (Leadgate), Burnopfield Woods (Burnopfield), Belmont Scrambles (near Durham City), Gibside and at The Gate (Newcastle City Centre).

Gibside is one of six National Trust locations in England and Wales taking part in the Green Academies Project (GAP). GAP is one of 31 projects across the UK that make up the Our Bright Future programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

For more information about GAP please e-mail.