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Young People Learning Strawbale Building

Growing Up Green
(Project now complete) 

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

          - Warren Buffett (philanthropist)

The National Lottery Community Funded Project

Growing Up Green


Every once in a while there comes along a great opportunity to make an impact on the world and Our Bright Future was ours. Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Our Bright Future brought together 31 youth-led organisations led by the Wildlife Trust. A whopping £33 million was awarded to tackle three main issues; a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change.


Our project, Growing Up Green was chosen to enable young people to:

  • gain new skills,

  • engage young people with the environment,

  • inspire and inform young people to work towards sustainable communities,

  • empower young people to shape and care for their environment,

  • upskill (particularly those in need) and enable entry to employment,

  • increase biodiversity and sustainable land management,

  • increase awareness of future issues and the knowledge and skills required to address them.


Growing Up Green project Highlights

The Growing Up Green project has engaged thousands of young people in both the natural and built environments leaving structures, installations and change of attitudes in many communities. Whether young people have been involved through natural building workshops, pond dipping activities, or providing countryside services in the local area, they have gained practical skills and built confidence and self-esteem and seen much personal development. All activities aimed to change attitudes and increase understanding of how young people can lead change and action positive differences to the environment for a brighter future. 


Initial expectations were exceeded with over 5000 young people engaged and over 850 of those receiving qualifications.

Project Documents

Growing Up Green Final Evaluation Report

To demonstrate the impact of the project we completed a thorough project evaluation. For more information on how the project met its aims and objective please read a copy below.

The Guide to Growing Up Green - Hill Holt Wood

Through Growing Up Green we created a visual and interactive guide. A useful and informative guide about wildlife ponds, sustainable woodland management, eco-building and much more. Download your copy below:

This year, our Design Team visited Stamford Construction Week to inspire the next generation of natural builders. Here, we performed Natural Building workshops including Strawbale Building and Reciprocal Framing

Splitting Strawbales
Engagement Activities
Poacher Scouts Jamboree - 2017

“A coming together of 5,000 Scouts and Guides for a week of activities and fun.” We  set up Natural Building Workshops where we engaged young passers by and got them to join in building Strawbale and Reciprocal Frame structures

Team Up To Green Up - 2018

Hill Holt Wood and the local community came together to start our management of Lincoln’s biggest woodland: Hospital Plantation. Our keen Growing Up Green team embarked upon a competition to collect as much litter as possible

Lincolnshire Construction Week - 2019

In October 2019, Hollie, multiple members of our team visited Lincolnshire Showground  to introduce and educate young people in the construction industry

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