Green spaces and wildlife gardens
Funding from the Youth Environmental Action Fund supports projects that benefit green spaces in schools and communities. These youth-led projects help bring together local companies, councils and people of all ages to restore neglected spaces and deliver lasting benefits for people and nature.
People First Keighley and Craven - Green Spaces
People First is a self-advocacy group, run by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities. Their Green Spaces project helps young people with disabilities learn gardening skills. People First used their grant of £638 to buy tools so they could use their newfound skills to transform a community space at Airedale Hospital. Their aim was to provide patients, staff and visitors with green spaces to enjoy.
Wildlife Gardening Club - Settlebeck School
Settlebeck Wildlife Gardening Club were awarded £432 to help enhance wildlife spaces in the school grounds, as well as enabling the students to learn how to grow food to promote healthy living.
A litter pick helped to clean up the area and then the group set about planting trees, weaving a low lying fence and making a path through to the garden where they constructed a wooden bench. Tools were bought to plant seeds and plants in the newly built raised beds.
Maisie, a student at Settlebeck, applied for the funds, “It made me feel more connected to the wildlife in and around Settlebeck" she said. "We have made a positive impact on the environment and have been able to help connect the students at Settlebeck to nature.”
Skipton Guides - Canal side Garden
Skipton Guides discovered an unused public space alongside the local canal and were granted £1,000 to buy materials to create raised beds and buy herbs, fruit bushes, bird boxes and a picnic bench. The girls have cleared the area and learnt about composting and planting veg from seed ready to plant out in the veg beds. Green Guardians will continue to support them to complete the project in 2022.