'All kids should be involved in something like this'
Lucy, Morden Hall Park
Thirteen year old Lucy is on a mission to protect her local wildlife. With no garden of her own, she spends her time at Morden Hall Park in London, helping to create spaces where animals and plants can flourish. As part of the Urban Rangers scheme, Lucy and her friends are determined to make a difference to their local environment - and learn new skills along the way.
A second family
Sarah, Lucy's mum: 'A lot of the kids we know live on the estate just down the road. We don’t have a garden or anything, even though there’s a communal space - we don’t have access. Lucy didn’t really go out much, she was quite happy to just stay indoors and now she’s not.'
Lucy: 'The Urban Rangers is for 11-24 year olds so it’s sort of like a second family.'
Hattie Clayton, Local Partnerships Coordinator: 'Everyone has come from a different background and we give them the skills and confidence they need to take ownership of their local spaces.'
Lucy: 'I’ve been coming every two weeks and we’ve made quite a few habitats. And we can actually see the change in the area.'
Hattie: 'We set them a challenge to improve the way the area looked, so a lot of what you can see around was very overgrown and now it’s full of wildlife habitats.
Lucy’s been our wildflower meadow champion so she kind of took it upon herself to design an area that the whole team can be proud of.'
You'll be accepted
Lucy: 'It was going to be a mix of flowers, like mainly blues and purples. Yellow attracts pollinators more because of the UV lights. A buttercup is a yellow flower, but in UV light it’s white with red in the middle.'
" London is a very busy city, the area is so grey because of all the concrete. It’s important to use what space you have and make it better."
Lucy: 'I’ve always loved the environment but I’ve never really known how to help it. You can come to Urban Rangers no matter what your interests are and you’ll just be accepted.'
Sarah: 'Lucy is different when she’s here. She can be herself and not worry about it. They show dedication and commitment which I think is amazing for teenagers, because a lot of them are glued to screens a lot of the time.
All kids should be involved in something like this.'