What’s coppicing all about?

Rachel Bush, Education and Wellbeing Officer at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust explains why the young people at the Milestones project are cutting down trees.  ‘We don’t care about the cold, we’ll keep on coppicing no matter what the weather is.’ Now that the colder, darker days of the winter months are a distant memory and spring […]

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Becoming a beekeeping tutor

From volunteer to Our Bright Future Youth Ambassador to qualified beekeeping tutor, Rachel shares her experiences as part of the BEE You Project at Blackburne House.   Blood rushed to my face and burnt under my cheeks. Every ounce of my energy I put into holding back the tears I felt building. Ten pairs of […]

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Wowed in Wales: 2018 Our Bright Future seminar

Last month the 2018 annual Our Bright Future all project seminar took place. Staff and Youth Forum members from across the UK gathered in Cardiff to celebrate the programme, learn from each other and plan ahead. Share Learn Improve Coordinator, Abi Paine shares her experience. Exactly one month to the day that I first started […]

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The Environment Now: young people using technology to save our planet

Lily Freeston shares the progress of The Environment Now as Heather Wildsmith and Lydia Allen deliver Thinkspriation events around the country this week. The Environment Now is an exciting programme that funds 17-24 year olds to bring their ideas around energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, to life. It’s funded by O2 and the Big […]

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Introducing Anna

Anna Heathcote is the new Communications Officer for Our Bright Future. Coming from a charity background, it has been a very natural transition into the Wildlife Trusts’ Our Bright Future team in Newark. Prior to joining the team I juggled two roles, one with fellow conservation charity the RSPB, and the other with local community […]

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Our first food market: By the students for the students!

Jake Dean Jones is helping to set up Staffordshire University’s farmers’ market as part of the National Union of Students’ Our Bright Future project: Student Eats. The Staffordshire University Students Union is setting up a food market on our Stoke campus. It won’t be as big as the local Tesco or Sainsbury’s, but it will […]

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Inspiring a new generation of leaders

Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, shares his excitement as Our Bright Future activity begins  An estate in London’s Hammersmith; it’s not where you’d expect to find much green stuff going on. But it is happening. Earlier this year I met some young people there who had just started training with Groundwork London. […]

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£33 million invested in the next generation of environmental leaders

Three months on from the Paris climate change agreement, more than 30 organisations are using £33 million from the Big Lottery Fund to help young people step up and create what is rightfully theirs: a healthy planet, a thriving economy and a brighter future. With more than 50,000 young people reached through the programme, Our […]

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