In 2019, we launched the largest youth-led nature restoration project of its kind in an effort to reverse devastating ecological breakdown and create a global gold-standard for youth-led environmental action.
Taking place on an upland estate in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, the pioneering "Penpont Project” is run by a Youth Leadership Group of twenty
12 -18 year olds from diverse backgrounds. Working in partnership with farmers, the landowners, conservationists and local stakeholders, they are restoring habitats and ecosystems and exploring innovative farming and forestry approaches to provide a healthy support system for people, biodiversity and agriculture.
16 year old Deep, from London, who is one of the inaugural members of the Youth Leadership Group, says;
“An opportunity to transform a landscape doesn't come around often. We are thankful for the faith and trust given to us by the landowners and tenant farmers, and we look forward to learning from each other and working together to create change. More people need to care about our environment in the UK and beyond, and our hope is that this pioneering project will inspire others to follow in our footsteps and spark a chain reaction of similar projects. If we can do it, then why can’t you?"
If you are interested in supporting this project please get in touch.
OTHER YOUTH-LED INITIATIVES
Building on the learnings from our flagship Penpont Project, we are aiming to support other youth-led land-based restoration projects over the coming years. We are excited to announce that we are beginning with a project at Garsdale Pike in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
THE GARSDALE PIKE PROJECT
Garsdale Pike is a 195-acre upland site in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, roughly 5 miles from the town of Sedburgh. The current landowner is working with Action for Conservation to create an opportunity for young people to research, explore, build a deeper understanding of nature and how ecosystems can be regenerated and restored.
Applications for the Garsdale Pike Youth Leadership Group are now closed.
14th March 2021 - Applications close at midnight
22nd March 2021 - Applicants are notified
Easter Break – Launch Event