Youth volunteer group lends a hand to nature reserves

Friday, 4th January 2019

YOUNG people are being given the chance to learn new skills and gain vital work experience by volunteering on nature reserves across the Tamworth area at a series of free sessions.

‘Youth Action’ has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis’s People Power Fund, and is being run by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

The free to attend monthly work parties are being held across nature reserves in Tamworth and offer young people aged 14 -25 the chance to engage in social action and contribute to their local green spaces and community.

Nicola Lynes, from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “The sessions are designed to increase confidence in young people and learn about nature conservation, as well as giving them the chance to make new friends too.

“We want to make the sessions as accessible as possible, so transport costs can also be covered too, including bus or train fares.

“They will give young people a chance to learn more about their local environment, and make a difference in their local community.”

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The group has been running since September, and have so far visited Hodge Lane, Warwickshire Moor and KettleBrook Local Nature Reserves, cutting back shrubs, clearing bramble and improving pathways.

The next session is on Sunday 27th January and will be held at Wigginton Park from 11am-2pm. Those attending should meet in the Rugby Club car park on Solway Close at 11am.

For more information about the project contact Nicola at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on 07971 912071 or email n.lynes@staffs-wildlife.org.uk