Green Futures

Project name: Green Futures

Lead organisation: Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Project partners: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Field Studies Council at Malham Tarn, Craven Development Education Centre, Barnardos (Willow Young Carers Project), City of Bradford YMCA (Bradford Environmental Education Service)

Project summary:   

Green Futures supports and develops environmental opportunities for young people in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area:

  • creating and developing interest in and connection to the environment
  • promoting and supporting practical action
  • developing environmental skills and leadership
  • creating green mentors and role models in the community

Through a series of complementary projects:

  • Green Guardians; connecting young people aged 11-24 years with the natural environment, targeting those not traditionally connected with the outdoors
  • Eco-Schools; developing Eco-Schools Awards schemes in Secondary Schools
  • Young Rangers; establishing schemes for young people aged 11-16 years in the north of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Dales & Fells Trainees; two-year countryside management based trainee posts with local employers for young people aged 16-24 years
  • Young people will come together regularly through a Youth Environment Forum, Youth Environment Summit and be supported to develop their own projects through a Youth Environmental Action Fund.

Project outcomes

Young people:

  • Increased awareness and connection to local and global environment
  • More empowered through new skills and knowledge to create positive environmental change


  • More practical environmental action projects enhancing green / blue / built spaces
  • More practical activities encouraging sustainable living


  • Increased social cohesion through connecting, co-operating and taking action to enhance the local environment
  • Improved health and well-being through participation

Website: Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

Primary counties working in: North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Lancashire

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