Green Futures

Green Futures 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.

Our aims

Green Futures is bringing environmental opportunities for up to 4,000 young people aged 11 to 24 in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area over the next four years:

  • creating and developing interest in and connection to the environment
  • promoting and supporting practical action
  • developing environmental skills and leadership
  • creating green mentors and role models in the community.

We’ll do this through a series of innovative projects that build on our existing work:

Green Guardians - engaging groups of young people who are not traditionally connected with the natural environment, providing inspirational experiences and practical skills.  

Eco-Schools - working with young people in secondary schools and colleges to promote positive environmental change and practical action, creating Eco-Committees and supporting them towards achieving Green Flag Eco-School status. This project is run by local partner Craven Development Education Centre.

Young Rangers - providing regular practical conservation activities for two groups of young people aged 11 to 16 in the North of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This project is run by local partner Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Dales & Fells Trainees - employing and training 16 young people aged 16 to 24 in environmental management through two-year countryside apprenticeships with local employers.

Green Futures connecting young people with the Yorkshire Dales

The role of young people

Green Futures aims to support and empower the next generation of environmental decision makers at a local, National Park and national level.

As well as being part of project activities young people will be on the steering group and a Youth Environment Forum, helping to shape and steer activity and direction from the outset. A Youth Environmental Action Fund will also be established to enable young people to develop and implement their own environmental projects in their local area. An Annual Youth Environment Summit will enable everyone to share ideas, contribute to wider project development and develop new projects.

Be part of Green Futures

It’s an exciting time to get involved in Green Futures.

We’re now offering young people the chance to bring their own green ideas to life with funding and support provided by our Youth Environmental Action Fund.

Our next application deadlines are:

  • Friday 10 November 2017 12 noon
  • Monday 22 January 2018 12 noon

Please contact us before applying, we can give you support and advice that may save you time!

For more information about Green Futures contact Gail Smith email or call 015242 51002.    

Our Bright Future

Green Futures is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and run by a consortium of eight 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.

Green Futures bringing environmental opportunities to 4000 young people

Thirty one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste.

This young, ambitious and capable movement is ensuring this generation’s voice is heard in the current debates around environmental improvements and a resource-efficient economy.

Our partners

The Green Futures partnership received £819,827 from the Big Lottery Fund to fund a five year programme worth over £1 million. The partnership is led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and local young people, and includes: