3rd August 2017
The Land Trust’s dedicated project helped 10 local people gain skills and make friends
Green Angels – the Land Trust’s free environmental training programme – is celebrating its first successful course in Warrington, with 10 people completing a course in Horticulture and Countryside Management.
As well as their practical training, the group also discovered that a nationally endangered species – the Willow tit – has made its home at the Land Trust’s site in Lingley/Great Sankey.
The six-week course covered topics such as propagation, plant identification, double-digging, soil assessment and preparation, habitat creation and wildlife gardening. Some 10 people completed the course and were very positive about their experience: 67% said they feel more confident; 89% said they have learned new skills and everyone felt that Green Angels can make the local area more attractive and help wildlife.
“Rewarding”, “Relaxed and informative”, “Wonderful”, “Excellent!” are just some of the words the trainees used to describe the Green Angels project.
Carolyn Hassall, Green Angels Project Manager, said: “The trainees have been absolutely brilliant and achieved a lot through the course. We’re sorry to say goodbye but are certain that they’ll continue to support the natural world around them through volunteering and community activities. Some are now interested in employment in this area too, so that’s fantastic.
“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.”
Green Angels courses are open to everyone over the age of 18, and as long as there is demand in Warrington, the Land Trust will continue to run environmental training at its sites across the town. The free courses provide an introduction to new subjects, and the programme can also help signpost those involved to new opportunities which could lead to a brighter, blooming future!
The next courses are Hard Landscaping in August, where trainees will be constructing some steps in a woodland, and an Environmental Education course in the autumn, which focuses on helping adults to engage children in the environment.
Download the application form at: www.thelandtrust.org.uk/opportunity/green-angels-warrington. For further details, contact Carolyn Hassall, Green Angels Project Manager, on 01925 852005 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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