Green Futures' successful pilot residential

Our apprenticeship has come from a scheme called ‘Green Futures’, a project run by Our Bright Future. Green Futures consists of four environmental youth orientated groups: Eco Schools, Young Rangers, Green Guardians and finally the trainee scheme that our apprenticeships come under.

This year, Green Futures, run by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, piloted their idea of a ‘Youth Summit’, through which all four branches of the Green Futures project could meet. The three day residential was held in the gorgeous setting of the field studies centre at Malham Tarn - a suitably inspiring backdrop for such an inspiring weekend!
With an age range of 12 – 21, it would be easy to assume that activities to suit everybody were hard to come by, but as everyone had one very big shared passion no such problem occurred - in fact the weekend flew by with the amount of things we had to do!

Activities included a trail around the grounds of the FSC, a talk on using your own personal strengths to get involved in the environment from Grainne, who is on the national Our Bright Future steering group, making a bird box, and the ‘recycle Olympics’. On the Sunday we had a series of incredibly informative workshops on food waste, packaging waste, and water waste.

Everybody who attended was so open minded and uniquely knowledgeable, the weekend was a huge success. Having spoken to YDMT staff after they’d received the feedback forms, I learned that the only suggestion for improvement from attendees – including myself – was that the residential was longer… which is always a good sign!

image of Sian Bentley and Grainne Martinwells making bird boxes