‘Growing up Green’ will scale up Hill Holt Wood’s existing Junior Ranger Service to support young people to carry out environmental vocational work in the local community. This project will be based in Lincolnshire initially but will expand into new counties, working with additional young people, as the project progresses. Young people will be supported to design and deliver local projects, working with partners to develop sustainable approaches to land management, access and building design. Links will also be made with Local Universities to develop students as volunteer leaders to work alongside rangers, promoting cohesion between these youth audiences. ‘Growing up Green’ will focus on environmental land management and eco-construction, ensuring engagement of young people in both their natural and built environment.

-Enable young people to gain new skills
-Engage young people with their environment
-Inspire and inform young people to work towards sustainable communities
-Empower young people to shape and care for their environment
-To upskill young people (particularly those in need) and enable entry to employment
-Increase local biodiversity and land management
-To increase awareness of future sustainability issues and the knowledge and skills required to address them.

Growing Up Green is part of Our Bright Future a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and run by a consortium of eight organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts. Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change. Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste. This young, ambitious and capable movement is ensuring this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.