The Wilderness Foundation’s Imbewu Scotland programme features heavily in the November 2014 issue of Shooting Times and Country Magainze (on sale now).
Lucy King joined us earlier in the year on one of our experiential learning weeks and has written in the magazine of the positive impact that the experience can have on young people from urban environments.  Of the project Lucy says:
“Imbewu Scotland, a joint initiative between The Wilderness Foundation and Scottish Land & Estates launched in 2013… aims to connect urban youth with rural heritage. It offers pupils from urban, often disadvantaged, backgrounds the opportunity to get to grips with nature on some of Scotland’s most beautiful estates.”
Lucy continues:
“The project highlights rural employment opportunities, and the Imbewu team keeps in touch with the participants for up to 18 months, providing careers and educational advice.  Some might be inspired to become keepers. Realistically, the majority probably won’t, but a significant number have asked about, and in some cases, have been offered, work experience opportunities on host estates. One pupil from Glasgow has just been placed with the gamekeeping team on the Douglas Estate in Lanarkshire. The important thing is that whatever they do, it’ll be with the benefit of a deeper understanding and appreciation of the work required to sustain Scotland’s wild places and wildlife. And, if they can pass that knowledge and enthusiasm on to others, the seeds sown by Imbewu will be able to establish solid roots even among the concrete and Tarmac of our towns.”
The full article is available in Shooting Times and Country Magazine, which is available now from all leading newsagents.
Our thanks to Lucy King and Shooting Times for their support.