Youth Voice for Nature 

 

Young people are the future of the Shropshire Hills. 

Youth Voice for Nature is for local people aged 17-21 who live in, or near to the Shropshire Hills AONB and who would like to take action to conserve it.

 

Interested? Register here!

 

Youth Voice for Nature

Young people are the future of the Protected Landscapes we care about but they are under-represented in the decision making process.

  • Take part in an environmental forum in collaboration with the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership. Meetings take place approximately once a month to explore and highlight local environmental issues
  • Gain valuable work experience with a conservation organisation and build on your  understanding of environmental management issues, on a landscape-scale
  • Represent young people's priorities and concerns and take action through a local campaign or project

Young people in the countryside

Set against a backdrop of unprecedented concern for the future of the natural world manifesting in a Climate and Ecological Emergency, AONBs are in a good position to do something POSITIVE about this locally.  

What's involved?

  • A working group in collaboration with the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, meeting with peers roughly once a month, to explore and highlight local environmental issues 
  • Personal development and leadership, by meeting other like-minded young people, by working as a team and by developing communication skills
  • Connecting with the AONB landscape to understand conservation issues; to gain insight into the work of the Shropshire Hills AONB and related conservation organisations and networks
  • Work to embed young people’s priorities in the governance and future working of the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership
  • Project work focussing on a local environmental campaign or issue that you care about, e.g.:
    a Local Climate Change Strategy for young people working towards Net Zero, or a Nature Recovery Plan or Species Action Plan for the AONB

 

 The Shropshire Hills AONB Management Plan 2019-24 specifically makes the development of a youth engagement project one of our top priorities, incorporating elements such as the John Muir Award, Young Rangers and Youth Voice for Nature.

Benefits of getting involved

  • Be an advocate for nature and an ambassador for the Shropshire Hills AONB, a protected landscape.
  • Understand more about your local natural environment and make a positive difference to it
  • Develop leadership skills and play an active role in supporting the work of the Shropshire Hills AONB
  • Contribute youth perspective to the governance of the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership
  • Be part of the work of the Europarc Federation, a network of protected landscapes across Europe
  • Build on your knowledge/understanding of the local landscape and of local environmental networks and organisations 

For more information please contact:

  • Joe Penfold, Young Rangers Project Officer  joe.penfold@shropshire.gov.uk                                                                                                               

Youth Voice for Nature is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund and the following organisations 

Heritage Fund logo South Shropshire Youth Forum logo        Shropshire's great Outdoors logo