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Young people setting environmental agenda in the Shropshire Hills

Our young people are the future of the Shropshire Hills landscape. 

Youth Voice for Nature is a new forum which is being set up to enable young people, aged 17-21, to come together to voice ideas and raise concerns over the environmental and climate challenges facing us in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The project is promoting greater collaboration, representation and involvement of young people in the care of, and governance of, the Shropshire Hills AONB.  

An online launch is planned for Monday 5th July, 7.30pm – a chance for young people to hear more about Youth Voice for Nature, what’s involved, and to share their thoughts and ideas to help shape this new project.

Register for the launch event here!

Over the course of the next two years, young people will be invited to take part in a series of sessions, led by facilitator, with the aim of setting an agenda for our local environment through the work of the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership.

Joe Penfold, Project Officer, explains, “This is a great opportunity for young people to connect with, and take action to conserve the Shropshire Hills landscape, through campaigns and project work – it is for the young people involved to decide on the direction and focus.  We’ll be exploring local environmental issues and their priorities will feed into the AONB Partnership governance and Management Plan".

Joe adds” It’s also a valuable experience being part of a working group, planning campaigns, meeting like-minded people and developing new skills – it’s great for CVs and future employment opportunities”.

Youth Voice for Nature is supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Young people are invited to express their interest and register on Youth Voice for Nature via the project webpage https://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/our-work/projects/youth-voice-for-nature and/or by email: shrophillsyouthvoice@shropshire.gov.uk

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