The Environment Now: young people using technology to save our planet

Lily Freeston shares the progress of The Environment Now as Heather Wildsmith and Lydia Allen deliver Thinkspriation events around the country this week. The Environment Now is an exciting programme that funds 17-24 year olds to bring their ideas around energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, to life. It’s funded by O2 and the Big […]

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How nature helped my Asperger’s

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts. Dara McAnulty, a 12 year old member, shares his story of the impact nature has on his life. There is something we can all learn regarding the impact nature can have on our mental health and wellbeing.  As soon as I was a toddler, my […]

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Introducing Anna

Anna Heathcote is the new Communications Officer for Our Bright Future. Coming from a charity background, it has been a very natural transition into the Wildlife Trusts’ Our Bright Future team in Newark. Prior to joining the team I juggled two roles, one with fellow conservation charity the RSPB, and the other with local community […]

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Our first food market: By the students for the students!

Jake Dean Jones is helping to set up Staffordshire University’s farmers’ market as part of the National Union of Students’ Our Bright Future project: Student Eats. The Staffordshire University Students Union is setting up a food market on our Stoke campus. It won’t be as big as the local Tesco or Sainsbury’s, but it will […]

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Life: better than all the textbooks combined

Guest blog from The Wildlife Trusts’ Communications Support Officer, Beth Rowland Mark Twain famously said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education”. That’s confusing, isn’t it? Some people might say that education means school or university, but the Collins English Dictionary defines education as “the act or process of acquiring knowledge” – […]

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Rambles and brambles

Andy O’Callaghan, Youth Project Officer from Our Wild Coasts gives us an update from North Wales Wildlife Trust  As Our Welsh Coasts gears up for working with young people across North Wales, it was time for the development workers to get their hands dirty and understand the ins and outs of how a wildlife trust proactively […]

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Inspiring a new generation of leaders

Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, shares his excitement as Our Bright Future activity begins  An estate in London’s Hammersmith; it’s not where you’d expect to find much green stuff going on. But it is happening. Earlier this year I met some young people there who had just started training with Groundwork London. […]

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Our time is now

Programme Manager, Cath Hare introduces Our Bright Future Our young people are becoming disconnected from the natural environment. Humans now spend more than 80% of their time indoors. Kids roam 300 yards on average and not the six miles we did four generations ago. Hence some kids in Cornwall haven’t been to the beach and […]

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