Green Angels 10 Year Anniversary - The Land Trust

Green Angels, the Land Trust’s free environmental training programme, has hit a very significant milestone of ten years, growing from strength to strength – through collaboration and innovation. The bespoke environmental training model has certainly proved to be extremely successful, resourceful and hugely beneficial since its inception in 2013 as a Big Lottery funded project.

Green Angels began at Liverpool Festival Gardens in 2013, where the Land Trust was managing the site on an interim agreement. Big Lottery awarded the Land Trust £138,934 for a two year pilot project which welcomed people of all ages and abilities to engage in training related to the management and maintenance of their local greenspaces.

The initial aim of activities was to improve community cohesion, the environment and develop the skills, confidence and experience of participants, helping them to progress to further education or employment opportunities.

By the end of 2023, the Green Angels team and trainers have delivered Green Angels programmes at 12 Land Trust sites across the country, from Yorkshire to Kent and the Wirral to Essex. Overall the Green Angels programme of courses has engaged with over 1470 participants, which equates to over £10m cost savings and over £14m GVA in terms of Social Value.

Green Angels is an enduring and sustainable programme of community benefit and improvement. Delivery through the Land Trust is great for flexibility as they own and manage over 85+ sites across the UK, and can tap into the expertise of their managing partners like The Conservation Volunteers, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, to name a few – using the sites as a learning resource and tailoring the activities and outcomes to the needs of local people and wildlife. Using professionals in their field to deliver the training courses gives participants easy access to information sharing, networking, signposting to new opportunities and inspirational guidance, as well as providing an excellent level of tuition.

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Posted On: 10/06/2024

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