This year Imbewu Scotland has developed a working partnership with The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGN), which lead directly to 12 young people in schools within CSGN boundaries taking part in wilderness trails in 2015
CSGN’s vision is that “by 2050 Central Scotland will have been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.” CSGN identified schools in deprived areas to whom we then made presentations, and following the application and selection process, 12 young people were offered places on the week long wilderness trails run at The Douglas Estate, South Lanarkshire. There has been positive feedback from the schools involved, and plans are already in place to increase outreach to schools in CSGN for 2016.
An important part of CSGN’s work is improving the natural environments in areas where people experience disadvantage and deprivation; a significant element of Imbewu Scotland’s programme is the conservation day, delivered as part of the John Muir Discovery Award, where they work with estate staff on a project which can deliver environmental benefits.
Research from the 2 year pilot trails demonstrated that 27% of participants have taken part in further conservation volunteering/work experience as a direct result of their Imbewu Scotland week. We hope that this will lead to young people who live in the deprived areas within CSGN taking part in conservation and environmental improvement schemes near their homes.