Last week we visited Brockholes (near Preston) for a fantastic seminar and then only days later we were on the road to Green Futures (Yorkshire Dales) with two of our youth ambassadors.
Tuesday the 25th of April Ranger Gav and Ranger Hollie hopped in the Growing Up Green car and made our way to Brockholes reserve, just on the outskirts of Preston. We were greeted by the magnificent sight of a floating conference centre, restaurant and visitor shop complex. Yes! Floating! Built on a raft of polystyrene encased in concrete we were told. It was fantastic to meet up with the projects with whom we had already shared visits and to re-introduce ourselves to everyone else in the Our Bright Future movement. The ever impressive Youth Forum gave us the lowdown on their project (still under wraps) and we had an in-depth tour of the nature reserve. We discovered that the reserve is still in its infancy, having been converted from an aggregate quarry. The site now boasts a great restaurant, outstanding conference facilities and a lovely little shop. Around the site were Sand Martins (wonderfully named Riparia Riparia in latin) who had made a nearby river bank their home and were swooping low over the main lake at great speed to chase down near-surface flies. Wetland areas were grazed by cows and even the car park had newly planted trees and bushes, maximising the amount of habitats available. Other habitats include the ancient woodland, hazel coppices, reed beds and the lake itself.
By the end of the two day seminar we all left enthused and energised to keep this wonderful movement going, to ensure that all our futures are bright.
Following on from the seminar we had an early start saturday as we headed off to Orton (near Penrith) to help Green Future’s Young Ranger volunteers install a new path in the Orton Churchyard. Ranger Gav was more than ably assisted by Ranger Jamie and Youth Ambassadors Callum and Carl as the ground was prepared and the new surface laid. Rachael and everyone at the project were most welcoming and we hope to have them down at the wood sometime in the future.