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Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Young People – apply now to be recognised as a Greensand Champion!


The Greensand Trust said it is committed to tackling the climate emergency and hopes to inspire others to get involved.

In partnership with Greensand Country, the Greensand Trust is looking for Greensand Champions – groups or individual young people who are doing something amazing for the Greensand Country environment.

It wants to hear what young people are doing and to give them the recognition as Greensand Champions by joining its digital Hall of Fame and receiving a Greensand Champions seed bomb.

Erika Pratt, education co-ordinator at The Greensand Trust, who is leading the scheme, said:

“We need our young people to know that every action, large or small, can help us live more sustainably and protect both Greensand Country and our planet, for the future.

“Greensand Champions aims to celebrate positive environmental action by supporting the achievements of those young people who are already committed and involved and challenge ourselves and others to do more – together we can really make a difference and help improve our local environment.”

What’s a Greensand Champion?

A Greensand Champion could be, for example, a young person who:

  • Offers ongoing support for a local environmental group or cause
  • Undertakes proactive habitat enhancement in the Greensand Country landscape area taking action against climate change
  • Understands, campaigns and shares information relating to the unique Greensand Country landscape and its vulnerability to climate change and other factors

Award Categories

Young people from Greensand Country can become a Greensand Champion – you can nominate yourself or someone you feel deserves recognition for the great environmental work they are doing. Entries are open in the following three categories:

  1. Individuals aged 10 and under
  2. Individuals aged 11 – 18yrs
  3. Groups e.g. schools, uniformed groups, youth groups

One overall winner will be chosen in each category by a panel of judges and named as Greensand Champion overall winner in March 2022.

Last year’s winner, Clophill Preschool, was selected as the children refill water bottles, compost waste and collect rainwater to save resources and look out for wildlife on their local walks when they’re not busy growing fruit and vegetables to eat on their allotment.

You can enter yourself or nominate someone you feel fits the bill, entries close at the end of January.

Please submit your entry to the Greensand Champions Scheme 2021/22 to champions@greensandtrust.org before 31 January 2022.

Full details of the scheme including many examples of what makes a Greensand Champion and the application/nomination form are available at Greensand Champions.

John Guinn
I am the editor of The Flitwick Chronicle. This is an independent, local news service based in Bedfordshire. The Chronicle provides local news that is investigative, inclusive and relevant to the residents of Flitwick.

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