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Bermondsey and Borough Bushcraft project for local teenagers

Free nature activities will be available to schools and youth groups in north Southwark this year thanks to funding from the United St Saviour's Charity.

The Bermondsey and Borough Bushcraft project is aimed at 11 to 18 year olds who would benefit from activities out of the classroom and are at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

The project will get young people out into nature, engage them in positive activities and help them learn new skills.

From identifying what can be eaten from the wild to how to protect and manage green spaces, activities will be practical and create many additional beneficial effects such as increased self-confidence, learning to work together, the satisfaction of a task well done and an improved green space for the local community.

"I'm delighted to see the start of this inspiring programme which can increase self-esteem and lead to a greater understanding of nature," says says Celia Hammond, Southwark area manager of the London Wildlife Trust.

"Young people will be able to try out woodcarving, cooking over campfires as well as learn how to encourage wildlife by tree planting and building bird boxes."

Young people can get involved through their school or a club either as one-off activities or through on-going sessions with a chance to gain a John Muir Award certificate.

If you are interested in getting young people in your area involved in this opportunity or are interested in volunteering on the project contact Georgia Villalobos at gvillalobos@wildlondon.org.uk or on 020 7252 9186.

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