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Young people helping to look after local green spaces

The We're in the Wild project has been running for just under 2 1/2 years now working with children and young people, helping them to discover and explore their local green spaces and take part in a range of activities that will allow them to build skills and knowledge.

If you would like to know more about this project please contact Anne.

We're in the Wild is funded by the Big Lottery Fund as part of its Reaching Communities programme.

The Story So Far

  • Since the beginning of the project we have worked directly with 4290 people.
  • We've worked directly with 2251 children on 104 school workshops in 22 primary schools utilising the parks on their doorstep.
  • We've run 43 discovery/ taster sessions with 474 young people.
  • We've run Young Warden's/ John Muir Award with 257 young people, from primary and secondary schools.
  • We've made partnerships with 5 SEN schools, including a visually impaired school.
  • We've trained 143 teachers to use nature on their doorstep for learning.
  • Involved 76 young volunteers, helping with woodland coppicing, tree planting, habitat creation, heathland management, river clean up and public events.
  • The We’re in the Wild project got long listed in the National Lottery Awards

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 What's coming up in the autumn/winter 2015

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Investigating rocks and soils in Everton Park

  • Working with young wardens on Sefton IPA.
  • Promoting new leaflets to families with the groups who created them.
  • Developing ‘learn and play’ leaflets with groups.
  • Running teacher training INSET days and a learning conference in Sefton.
  • Creating partnerships with schools and local community groups.

Teacher training opportunities

As part of the We're in the Wild project we are offering FREE workshops for primary school teachers. These workshops consist of twilight (half day) sessions and full day sessions and are available on the dates shown in the attached timetable. These can be brought into your school to be delivered as a twilight session or as part of an INSET day. To book onto one of the training days please click on the below link. If you'd like to book us to come into your school please email: anne.faulkner@plantlife.org.uk

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 Youth volunteering

youthgroup photo for websiteAre you 13-19 and interested in being outside, meeting others and finding out more about the local environment?

Want to develop skills for example practical conservation skills, leadership, communication and first aid?

Then why not join the We're in the Wild youth volunteer group.

You will need to let Anne know you are coming and bring a completed parental consent form available below.

More information on dates to follow shortly.

Letter for parents

Parental consent form

For schools

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Carrying out the bee scene survey

Take part in cross-curricular workshops in your local green space

Access teacher training and INSET opportunities

Let us work with after school clubs to explore wild play

Take part in Bee Scene

Subscribe to our FREE school newsletter

For youth groups and young people

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Young people in Liverpool helping to restore a willow tunnel

Opportunities for young people to become regular volunteers

Opportunities for young people to access our Young Wardens programme, developing communication and life skills, practical conservation skills and organise events for your local community

Opportunities to join us at a Discovery Session and develop new skills and knowledge

 

 

 

 

 

 What we've made and where we've been!

Winter 2014

West Lancashire Training Centre: John Muir/ Young Warden’s Award. Two students who achieved the award wrote about their favourite experiences.

 

anne pic for website 2 feb 2015West Lancashire Training Centre student from Lathom High School aged 15

As part of the John Muir/ Young Warden’s Award I did bird box making and built a hibernaculum. I loved making the boxes so much that I made three. I helped out at Point Six Youth Club leading others to make bird boxes one evening.

 

 

anne pic for website feb 2015West Lancashire Training Centre student from Lathom High School aged 14

I helped make bird and bat boxes when I was at the youth club.

I lead the team and helped them make their own. I enjoyed this the most and discovered skills that I’ve never done before.

 

 

 

Autumn 2014

felt shapes for websiteSt.Vincents School for the Visually Impaired recently did their John Muir Award helping them to discover, explore and conserve a wild place while sharing their experiences. Their activities included textural artistic palettes, smelly cocktails, meet a tree, minibeast hunts, natural art, bird box making and felt making. It helped them to appreciate natural textures and discover their senses in the great outdoors. To celebrate the beauty of our natural world they created these felt pictures with artist Ticky Lowe, which can now be seen on display at the National Wildflower Centre, Knowlsey.

 

 

 

photo for annes webpage 2Young Volunteer morning at Tawd Valley Park, Wednesday 29th October

 Young volunteers joined us helping to make Tawd Valley Park more accessible to the public by cutting the path back through the park. They also coppiced in the woodland to help bring more light to the woodland floor to aid spring wildflower germination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo for annes webpage 1Bushcraft Day at the National Wildflower Centre, Friday 31st October

 Lots of people came dressed up to scare and took part on the Bushcraft Day at the National Wildflower Centre. The young volunteers got stuck in teaching people how to make nettle cordage and autumn willow art. The weather was like the perfect summers day attracting 200 people (125 children and 75 adults) to the activity. Several commented that nettle cordage making was a memorable experience.

Summer 2014

 

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Scarecrow Festival: National Wildflower Centre, Sunday 6th July

The We're in the Wild young volunteers decided to run a mini scarecrow making activity for the visitors to make and take home. Their activity brought in 100 people (60 children and 40 adults) to the volunteer table. The young team also entered a scarecrow celebrating Nature on your Doorstep and managed to win first place out of 50 entries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After making bird boxes year 4 pupils from The Grange Primary in Sefton pretended to be estate agents selling their bird boxes to potential feathered inhabitants. They designed posters to sell their properties with the best posters being chosen to go on our website.

 

 

 

 

Summer 2015 ‘Learn and Play’ leaflet creation

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School council in Knowsley create their own ‘Learn and Play’ leaflets to inspire others with ideas and activities to do in their local park.

 

‘Learn and Play’ leaflets created for local parks

‘Learn and Play’ leaflets created with school and groups from Sefton, Knowsley, St.Helens and West Lancashire.

 

Summer 2015 Little Acorns discover Balls Wood Park

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Holiday club discover their local park while doing their John Muir Award in Sefton.

 

Autumn 2015 Love My River clean up at Tawd Valley Park

West Lancashire primary school council get stuck in cleaning up the river Tawd with Plantlife, the Groundwork Trust and the West Lancashire Rangers.

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