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The Green Activities Programme offers young people the chance to become involved in practical outdoor activities associated with benefiting Somerset’s protected natural areas and green spaces.

Young volunteers can learn new skills and gain nationally recognised qualifications. Download and read our information leaflet to find out what our programme is able to offer in terms of skills and qualifications.

The Green Activities Programme team works in collaboration with a range of environmental organisations such as the National Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trusts, Exmoor National Park, Forestry Commission as well as many others, to allow young people to come into more contact with their local protected natural areas. To encourage involvement, SRYP has offered a number of Green Taster Days.

A report on the recent project can be found at this link.

What the young people said about their experience on the project

Students from Bridgwater College Academy working on birch wood clearance.

Gaining skills, confidence and employability for rural living…

The Green Activity Program’s (GAP) latest project is called Avalon Marshes Young Volunteers.  GAP works closely with environmental organisations on the Somerset Levels and the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership to provide a range of accredited volunteer programs centred around one of Britain’s most unique landscapes.

As a result of the programme young people gain new skills, accreditation, confidence and employability.

Common activities include habitat restoration, removal of invasive species, learning simple bush craft and forest school skills, and wood working projects such as the construction of bat, bird and Barn Owl boxes.

“As well as the obvious benefits of gaining new skills and a nationally recognised award, the young people get a lot from simply working together and being outside” says Project Worker Barney Simmons.

The project recruits young volunteers, up-skills them and then provides support with future environmental volunteering opportunities and employment.

We have a leaflet available which you can download and print out here.

Young people undertaking work on the Otterhead Estate. With SRYP assistant project worker Vicki-Lynn Windsor in group photo, extreme right in yellow hat. Group working on birch poles in the workshop and the Wellington group, recording in their portfolio folders.

Group from Dulverton School with Barney Simmons and Dave Gurnett of Exmoor National Park, at the back, on right in photo.

Green Activities Programme project team

Barney Simmons,

Project Worker

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Vicki-Lyn Windsor

Assistant Project Worker

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Last Updated (Thursday, 13 June 2013 08:05)

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