We’re very pleased to announce that our Glasgow Green Pathways Project recently won ‘Best Community Initiative’ at the Evening Times, Streets Ahead Awards, and was recognised for empowering vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to take part in positive activities linked to wildlife and conservation in their local community.
This project rests on a mass of scientific research that suggests that being outdoors and in particular connecting with nature, has a huge positive effect on people’s health and wellbeing. It helps physical and mental health, learning, behaviour and social skills for people of all ages and abilities.
Wildlife surveys, den building, natural arts & crafts, creating ponds and animal homes – these are but a few of the exciting activities and projects delivered by Glasgow’s very own ‘Froglady’ – Lauren Lochrie. As Conservation Youth Worker for this innovative project, Lauren feels “privileged to be able to work with young people and the wider community to improve their local green spaces for the benefit of both people and wildlife”
Over the past two years, Green Pathways has engaged over 3,000 young people, working with over 30 different schools and youth groups across the city’s parks and green spaces.
Froglife secured funding for the project from a 2-year Young Start grant from the Big Lottery. Scottish Natural Heritage have also played an integral part in the project by funding all the habitat work. Recent enhancements include; a large pond at Croftburn Allotments, a wildlife pond and hibernacula (amphibian home) at Shettleston Community Growing Project and creating a vegetable garden and wildlife pond with St. Cuthbert’s Primary School at Ruchill Pop-up Allotments.
If you’d like to get involved or for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org