21st May 2018
National land management charity the Land Trust, is celebrating a great year in Warrington delivering its award-winning, free environmental training courses to adults across the region, giving them the chance to gain practical skills through hands-on learning.
31 trainees joined Green Angels courses in Horticulture and Countryside Management; Hard Landscaping, Environmental Education and Basic Survival Skills, which were held at the Land Trust’s parks within the town.
Woodland meadow areas have been created to increase biodiversity, a flight of timber steps were constructed to improve park access, and during a wildlife survey a population of Willow tits, an endangered species, were discovered in Lingley, Great Sankey.
Students from Westbrook Old Hall Primary School joined a Green Angels team in a natural scavenger hunt, exploring the rich variety of colours and textures in natural objects, creating some fantastic artwork and planting seeds.
Green Angels trainees even braved the ‘Beast from the East’ to learn how to build shelters and make fires in a new Basic Survival Skills course.
Green Angels training is delivered by organisations such as Lancashire Wildlife Trust, The Conservation Volunteers and Wildair Adventure. All trainees receive a certificate of attendance when they complete a course and many people go on to develop their new skills further, get a job or volunteer to benefit the environment and communities.
Five Green Angels trainees in Warrington have gone on to find jobs, and two have started their own gardening businesses.
Open to anyone over the age of 18, the free courses are to continue in Warrington, with Environmental Education, Hard Landscaping, Woodland Management and Basic Survival Skills training being planned over the coming year.
Green Angels Warrington is also offering a new opportunity to local people with a Green Angels volunteering group established in recent months, offering a more informal monthly opportunity to work outdoors, meet new people and make a difference to the local environment.
Carolyn Hassall, Green Angels Project Manager, said:
“The Green Angels programme is unique to the Land Trust and is a key part of our commitment towards encouraging use of public open spaces, providing educational opportunities and supporting local economies.
“As well as learning new skills and gaining a Green Angels certificate, trainees can meet new people, enjoy team work and feel the benefits of being more active and achieving something really positive.There are benefits to the wider community too, through working with local schools and the enhancement of local open spaces for all to enjoy.”
For more information about Green Angels courses in Warrington and download the application form please visit: www.thelandtrust.org.uk/opportunity/green-angels-warrington.
For further details, contact Carolyn Hassall, Green Angels Project Manager, on 01925 852005 or email@example.com.
Being active and outdoors, volunteering, gives me a sense of well-being, as well as satisfaction.
Hannah Bagguley, AB Agri volunteer
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