New Broads youth project inspires next generation to care for nature - Broads Authority

North Denes Primary School doing tree conservation work (image: Broads Authority)
North Denes Primary School doing tree conservation work (image: Broads Authority)

The Generation Green project has been running in the area since May but has already delivered many exciting educational activities for young people, to help them learn about nature and be inspired by the Broads National Park.

Generation Green is a 16-month national project giving 100,000 young people the opportunity to connect with nature in protected areas throughout the UK. The project aims to engage young people who don’t normally get the chance to get out into nature and the local environment.

Here in the National Park, the project aims to introduce young people to the wonders and special qualities of the Broads. It involves learning outdoors, not only about wildlife but also about the Broads’ windmills, grazing marshes and about how the landscapes is shaped by people.

The Broads Authority’s education team, who deliver the project, hope that by creating exciting learning opportunities outdoors, young people will have the chance to cultivate a sense of care for nature and the Broads. Some also spend ‘a night under the stars’, an aspiration for all children, identified in Julian Glover’s Landscape Review.

Two outdoor education specialists, Emily Chittenden and Chris Ford were recruited to help deliver the project. Emily has worked as an environmental and outdoor instructor, including for the National Trust. Chris worked as a tutor for the Field Studies Council and now leads the school visits programme at RSPB Minsmere.

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Posted On: 12/01/2022

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