History of Green Pathways in Peterborough

History of Green Pathways in Peterborough

Here is a summary of the successes of previous projects


The Second Green Pathways Jan 2012-Dec 2014

This project worked in many different sites across Peterborough. We tailor-made projects to suit the needs and interests of the young people and worked with them as individuals, with their families and in small groups. We helped young people with a variety of extra difficulties in their lives including having low confidence, living in a deprived area, suffering mental health issues, coping with behaviour problems, not attending mainstream school, having learning or physical difficulties, learning English as an additional language and looking after a family member. We found art to be a great medium for reaching these young people and some of our most successful projects were creating large wildlife-themed spray-art murals alongside a professional local artist. These murals can be seen under the railway bridge by the River Nene, at Cuckoos Hollow in Werrington and at Olive Branch Community Gardens in Dogsthorpe. As well as working on long-term projects such as digging ponds, creating wildlife friendly areas and developing reptile survey transects, we also delivered many one-off activities which served to introduce young people to different accessible green spaces around Peterborough as well as give them a positive experience in the outdoors. These were especially popular and included bonfires, outdoor cooking, tree climbing and snake hunting.


Over three years, the second Peterborough-based Green Pathways project:

  • Engaged over 1800 young people
  • Delivered 1250+ hours over more than 600 sessions
  • Worked with more than 35 different referral agencies
  • Improved at least 20 green spaces
  • Created 2 new ponds which are already being used by amphibians and other pond animals
  • Worked with 17 adult 7 young volunteers who between them offered 530 hours of their time for free
  • Gave outdoor kit to two schools to enable them to continue working outside beyond the life of the project
  • Donated pond dipping equipment and trained staff at a special school to enable them to use their amphibian-friendly area with young people

This is what people had to say about this project:


Click below to hear a radio interview about the Cuckoos Hollow mural project:

“M” from DrinkSense’s Emotional Wellbeing Service “I love Froglife. It gives me confidence and happiness and I especially love Olive Branch”

Little Miracles Young Leader “I feel like an 80’s child; no signal and I’m holding a stick”

Secondary school student “I’ve learnt more today than all year in Science!”

College student on Public Service course “I am proud that I’m helping the community and that I am doing something good”

“S” from Heltwate Special School “I like being outside and chopping the trees down. I feel happy and safe in the woods”

Teacher from HoneyHill PRU “I have noticed that he has been a different person since he has been seeing you. He really enjoys the sessions and is more settled especially after (the recent upheaval)”

Teacher from The Voyager Academy “Our younger students enjoyed the projects, embraced the experience and really enjoyed everything they took part in from jumping in puddles to pond dipping to fossil hunting and den building. The reptile hunting was one of the highlights and seeing an adder was the pinnacle for many students and staff (still spoken about now). Every time we visit we learn something new and gain new experiences.”


The First Green Pathways Apr 2008-Apr 2011

This project focused on developing three local allotment plots into wildlife wonderlands. Unlike regular allotment spaces ruled by carrots and potatoes, we developed this area solely for the benefit of wildlife. The main project designed, planned and created a pond to support life on the site. This became home to smooth newts, frogs, dragonfly nymphs and many other pond creatures. Other project included a willow dome, a butterfly garden, bug hotels, an animal sculpture park and a wildflower and wildlife garden which incorporated an amphibian hibernacula, log piles and two bog gardens. Groups also designed interpretation boards, organised community events and visited other green spaces across Peterborough.


Over three years, the first Peterborough-based Green Pathways project:

  • Worked with 1,986 young people and 1,056 adults
  • Delivered 351 sessions and 21 events
  • Was assisted by 12 volunteers
  • Worked with 11 schools and 13 partner organisations
  • Hosted two exhibitions for National Science and Engineering Week. In 2010 ‘Under the Surface’ won Best Event and our Toads on Roads exhibition in 2011 received a Highly Commended award


For further information about current projects please contact:

Peterborough- Gail Lydall: gail.lydall@froglife.org   01733 602102

Glasgow- Louise Smith: louise.smith@froglife.org   0141 339 0737

Kirklees- info@froglife.org


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