Proving the value of ancient woodland in the 21st century
Marsh and Spaces
Posted on: November 3, 2017
It’s been a case of contrasting environments recently as Growing Up Green took to the road once again to visit Spaces4Change in London and MyPlace at Brockholes (near Preston) which is a Lancs Wildlife Trust site.
Spaces4Change are working hard to help young entrepreneurs to find places within which their business can thrive. Space is at such a premium in London that creative solutions need to be employed to get these wonderful projects off the ground and up and running. One solution seemed to take the phrase “off the ground” literally; a rooftop gym as part of the weGYm personal trainer network. Rangers Gav and Becky, accompanied by two young people (Amy and Ben) also toured other sites around north and east London before hopping on the Emirates Airline for amazing views across the O2 to Canary Wharf. We met amazing and enthusiastic young people making incredible differences to their local communities and some innovative young food entrepreneurs. Sunmo plantain crisps were a particular favourite while we enjoyed the nutritious smoothies provided by Bringing Eden and Bintas Kitchen’s sauces were quickly scoffed before we pocketed the free samples to bring back with us!
Over at Brockholes nature reserve Rangers Maggie and Aiden and two more of our young people were handling bearded dragons, carving pumpkins and enjoying spending time with the lovely people on the Myplace project who are helping to empower young people to take environmental action.
As usual we’ve been over to South Witham Marsh to continue with the meadow cutting and did we mention that our Growing Up Green Apprentice Callum even won Young Achiever of the Year 2017 at the North Kesteven Awards?