Sir Trevor and Bridget were delighted to be at the launch of the UK’s first Young People’s Forest in Derbyshire yesterday.
The Woodland Trust will work with young people from the local area to plant 250,000 trees, creating a new forest for the community as well as offering career training opportunities, workshops, music festivals and bushcraft sessions.
Project chief Carol Honeybun-Kelly, of the Woodland Trust, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity as it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired land expressly for youth engagement. We want to make a really concerted effort to ensure young people feel this new wood is for them. If young people see themselves having an impact here, it will give them confidence to think they can change things in their own lives and beyond.”
Charlotte Hill, chief executive of Step up to Serve, the charity behind #iwill, said: “It’s super that we are able to harness such an unusual site. It’s equidistant between Nottingham and Derby, and a million people live within a 20-minute drive. It feels powerful to have a really inspiring project for young people embedded in the community.”
Pears Foundation is supporting the creation of the forest through the Pears #iWill Fund, a partnership fund with the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and further support has been provided through the Veolia Environment Trust.