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Young people from Motive8 Bradford improve footpath

Young people from Motive8 Bradford have been working hard to help improve access in the Yorkshire Dales, taking a break from their training in areas such as sport, health & beauty and social care.

Over two days, 20 young people learnt new skills and worked as a team to move 30 tonnes of aggregate to re-surface a footpath that is well-used by the community in Threshfield.

Motive8 Bradford is a charity creating vocational training opportunities for young people who may not feel motivated by a mainstream academic approach. The team helps young people to succeed through a bespoke programme of education, skills development and support, complimented by volunteering days and new experiences like this.

Under the expert guidance of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) and Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), the young people worked hard using shovels and wheelbarrows to move the aggregate. Together they resurfaced 220 metres of muddy footpath near the Wharfedale Caravan and Motorhome Club site.

Sarah Deane, Green Guardians project officer at YDMT, said: “I was really impressed with how hard the group worked. It was good to see these young people getting stuck into a new activity and really benefitting from spending time in the countryside. Afterwards we walked the length of the finished path and bumped into a couple of dog walkers who were keen to share their appreciation – I think everyone felt a big sense of achievement of a job well done.”

Moy Grange, director of Curriculum at Motive8 said: “The majority of our learners didn’t even know what or where the Yorkshire Dales are, and they certainly hadn’t been before. They were 100% committed to giving it their best and came back glowing after spending a day outdoors. We are so proud and pleased with what they achieved. Thank you so much for this opportunity.”

Phil Richards, YDNPA Ranger, added: “The group worked really well together as a team and on the second day moved around 12 tonnes of aggregate along the footpath. The job was not made easy as the aggregate was wet making it heavier than normal so to get this amount of work done is a real credit to the group and was much appreciated by YDNPA staff.”

Green Guardians aims to engage groups of young people aged 11 to 24, who are not traditionally connected with the natural environment, providing inspirational experiences and practical skills. YDMT would like to hear from other groups interested in getting involved in fun, practical environmental activities in the great outdoors – please contact Sarah Deane for more information on 015242 51002 or email [email protected]

It’s part of YDMT’s Green Futures programme which aims to empower and support the ambitious and capable young people of Yorkshire and Lancashire to become more involved, aware and connected to the fantastic natural environment that’s right on their doorstep.

Green Futures is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of seven organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts. Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change.

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