Published onDecember 3 2018
Here at Lantra we were delighted to see the outstanding efforts of young people in nature being championed across Northern Ireland at the annual Grassroots Challenge Awards ceremony at Craigavon Civic Centre last week.
Over the last year, over 3000 young people, aged 11 to 25, from Young Farmers’ Clubs, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award groups and special schools rolled up their sleeves to carry out 236 projects to help nature thrive in their local area, as part of the Grassroots Challenge project, led by Ulster Wildlife.
As part of the Grassroots Challenge Project, participants have all undertaken Lantra training to help improve their skills and expand their knowledge across a wide range of country skills and activities.
From making homes for birds and hedgehogs to planting trees and transforming local spaces into vital wildlife havens, the young people have unleashed their passion, creativity and potential to make a real difference to their environment and community around them.
The awards ceremony, hosted by inspiring young people from the Grassroots Challenge Youth Forum, saw thirteen young people presented with Young Environmental Leader Awards.
Group awards were also awarded to Collone Young Farmers’ Club for improving their local environment; Omagh Explorer Scouts Club for monitoring wildlife as part of their Gold Award Expedition, and to Killard House School in Donaghadee for transforming their school grounds into an eco-garden.
Lantra would like to pass its congratulations on to everyone who has been involved in the Grassroots Challenge project. We look forward to supporting them with their future training and qualification needs in this exciting and forward-thinking industry.