We are delighted to be partnering on a new project launched today to create a Young People’s Forest in Scotland, co-designed and governed by young people.
Scotland’s Young People’s Forest will be one of Scotland’s flagship projects as it prepares to host the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow later this year. It will help to inspire young people from communities across Scotland to contribute towards the nation’s climate ambitions.
The Forest will be the second Young People’s Forest supported by the Foundation, the first being the Woodland Trust’s Young People’s Forest in Mead, Derbyshire, supported by Pear Foundation and the #iWill Fund.
Louise Macdonald OBE, Chief Executive, Young Scot, said: “Scotland’s young people are already leading in the fight against climate change. Their vision, ambition, and passion for the environment will be at the core of Scotland’s Young People’s Forest. Anyone can plant a forest – but this will be a one entirely led by young people from beginning to end, with co-design at its heart and young people leading on every decision.”
Sir Trevor Pears CMG, Executive Chair, Pears Foundation, said: “I have seen first-hand the ideas, energy and commitment of young people transform a disused open-cast mine into a forest for the whole community. To have the chance to be involved in a similar project in Scotland, alongside such strong partners, is very exciting and a real pleasure. We look forward to seeing what the panel achieve in the coming years.”