Tuesday 11 April 2017
Loglands Nature Reserve, East Carr Road, Hull HU8 9LP
The official launch of the Youth in Nature project attended by Lord Prescott provided young people in Hull the chance to demonstrate new skills and engage others to get involved.
The Hull based Youth in Nature Project is engaging young people aged 11 - 24 years old with wildlife and the environment across the city and beyond.
Guests at the Youth in Nature Project launch had the opportunity to watch and take part in demonstrations of Youth in Nature activities, led by young people themselves. These included dissecting owl pellets, bench making and a bush tucker trial! Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch in the woods.
Mr Steve Alltoft, general manager of Probe (Hull) Ltd who is the lead partner for Youth in Nature welcomed guests to the event.
Cortney Skinner who participates in Youth in Nature spoke to guests about her involvement in the project, and how she has benefited from the experience so far. Cortney said: 'As well as learning about nature and the environment, I’ve gained some new skills, made new friends and been on trips to different places. Everyone is really friendly and we have loads of fun.’'
Two young people representing Youth in Nature presented Lord Prescott with a ‘Bug Hotel’ for his garden, made by young people involved with the project.
Lord Prescott said 'I am delighted to be involved in the launch of this significant project based in Hull. Youth in Nature has ambitious plans to work with young people to ensure that the next generation has a real passion for the natural environment and is prepared to speak up in its defence and development. The sort of hands on experience that the young people will get will also make a real difference to their personal development and prospects.'
Mr John Cook, representing WJ Components also attended the event. WJ Components have become a generous and valued supporter of Youth in Nature – regularly donating timber to the project. This has been used by the young people to make items such as bird and bat boxes along with raised beds to increase wildlife habitats. To say thank you, Youth in Nature recently completed an outdoor area at the WJ premises, creating a new wildlife habitat for insects, birds and animals - which is also a lovely garden area for their employees to enjoy.
Youth in Nature is one of 31 projects across the country forming Our Bright Future which is a £33 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Over the next five years it will empower 100,000 young people with to make a difference to the environment and their local communities.
Programme Manager, Cath Hare attended the Youth in Nature launch said: 'What a brilliant day of showcasing all that Youth in Nature has to offer in Hull. It’s wonderful to hear from Cortney and see the difference the project is making to the lives of the young people here in our City of Culture 2017.'
If you would like to find out more about the project or get involved visit