Brum ELP visits The Wildlife Trust

Brum ELP visits The Wildlife Trust

February 25, 2019

Earlier this year, we took three UpRisers to the Centre of the Earth, which is a purpose built environmental centre in Winson Green, Birmingham. Centre of the Earth is the central hub of activity for The Wildlife Trust (TWLT) in the West Midlands, and a beautiful site tucked away from the bustle of the city. They specialise in teaching and learning about wildlife, the environment and sustainable development.

The aim was to give our UpRisers the opportunity to gain some practical experience in what it’s like to work for an organisation like The Wildlife Trust and to give some contrast to our bi-weekly knowledge and skills sessions. This is exactly what they got!

On arrival we were greeted by Jake, who is the Community Engagement Officer and we were handed some gloves, a wheelbarrow, and a whole load of bulbs and seeds to plant. Jake explained that it’s important to start planting flowers in December so that they are in bloom in the spring. The flowers help to attract bees and other insects to the area, which help build a stronger ecosystem.

UpRiser Faith said “I learnt some new conservation techniques and found out about new opportunities for volunteering. Jake, who led the session, was really informative and engaging and I left feeling like we contributed to some great work." 

As we sat amongst the wild garden with some much deserved tea we heard from Gareth, the Education and Engagement Manager, who spoke to our UpRisers about the wonderful opportunities TWLT have to offer young people in Birmingham including regular volunteering opportunities and their Youth Board.

We finished the day by chopping wood for fence posts, which turned out to be quite the work out! It was a really interactive and immersive experience and our UpRisers gained some invaluable practical skills which will complement their Environmental Leadership Programme perfectly.

The UpRising Environmental Leadership Programme is part of Our Bright Future which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund