Generation Green project launched
Northumberland National Park Authority has been awarded funding as part of a Generation Green project aimed to help young people engage and recover with nature.
Thousands of young people are to be given the opportunity to connect with nature through new jobs, training, volunteering roles, residentials, and outdoor learning experiences, thanks to the award of a c.£2.5 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund grant to a coalition of not-for-profit outdoor education providers, including Northumberland National Park.
The grant has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to the Access Unlimited coalition, comprising of YHA (England and Wales), The Outward Bound Trust, Scouts, Girl guiding, Field Studies Council, and the 10 English National Parks.
The grant will fund the coalition members’ ambitious Generation Green Project which will prioritise young people from different ethnic, cultural and disadvantaged backgrounds. It will deliver activities including micro volunteering, self-guided learning, visits to the National Park, and social action / citizen science projects.
As part of the funding, Northumberland National Park Authority will employ a dedicated Youth Ranger who will be responsible for the delivery of the project within the Park. They will be based out of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre and will work with existing and new partners to engage with young people in the North East across the National Park.