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Teens Green, Not Mean, At Winstanley College
Friday 30th October, 2009

Teens Green, Not Mean, At Winstanley College
Winstanley College students enjoy being out in the woods.

The Trailblazers project is attracting a new breed of wildlife volunteer from the students enrolled at Winstanley College in Wigan. Teenagers from the college have been giving up their time to get outdoors with Lancashire Wildlife Trust staff working on the project.

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust believes strongly in protecting wildlife for the future and realises that the nation’s teenagers are the ones to do just that. The Trailblazers project hopes to make sure tomorrow’s wildlife enthusiasts are not lost in an ever-busier world of academic pressure, sport, social networking, computers, and partying.

A group of young people from Winstanley College have already been out in the woods for the afternoon, trying their hand at bushcraft activities made popular by TV’s Ray Mears, such as shelter building from natural materials and outdoor cooking.

Anna Barlow, a student who attended the afternoon commented: “It was raining, I mean it was really RAINING, I couldn’t hear for the noise of the rain on the shelter roof! But it was loads of fun and being in the woods was ace. I loved the marshmallow-toasting!”

Dan McDermott, a project officer with Trailblazers said “It’s early days at Winstanley but we’re hopeful we’re going to have a lot of success there. Young people are still as interested in animals and wildlife as they ever were and can’t wait to get outdoors and be involved.”

Look out for the Trailblazers project, which is funded by Tellus Mater and v, the youth volunteering charity, in your college, university or local area in the coming months.



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