Young Greensand Champions making positive environmental change in Greensand Country
Local environmental charity The Greensand Trust, in partnership with Greensand Country, is looking for Greensand Champions. These are 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 give them the recognition they deserve as a ‘Greensand Champion’ which includes joining the digital Hall of Fame and receiving a Greensand Champions seed bomb.
Here are some of the entries received so far who are now recognised as Greensand Champions:
- Maulden Lower School Year 2 class for their hard work recreating rare heathland habitat. They have scattered heather seeds, pulled out invading birch seedlings and learned about endangered heathland wildlife
- Flit Vale Wildlife Watch group for building hibernation hotels to shelter insects at Duck End Nature Reserve, scattering flower seeds and improving rare grassland in Ampthill Churchyard
- Heath and Reach Toad Patrol for helping toads, frogs and newts safely across the road to their breeding pond every spring since 2013
Erika Pratt, education co-ordinator at The Greensand Trust, who is leading the scheme, said:
“Greensand Champions aims to celebrate positive environmental action by supporting the achievements of those 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.”
A Greensand Champion could be, for example, someone 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
Greensand Champions will receive a digital certificate and be entered into the Greensand Champions digital ‘Hall of Fame’ to inspire others and can collect a free Greensand Champions seed bomb as a reward.
Young people can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who feels they deserve recognition for the great environmental work they are doing. Entries are open in the following three categories:
- Individuals aged 10 and under
- Individuals aged 11 – 18yrs
- 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 winners in March 2021.
Applications or nominations for the 2020 Greensand Champions scheme must be submitted by end January 2021. Full details of the scheme including many examples of what makes a Greensand Champion and application/nomination form are available at Greensand Champions.