Fruit-full Communities is a National Lottery Awards Environment Finalist
Congratulations to two of our members Learning Through Landscapes (LTL) and International Tree Foundation (ITF) for being part of the Fruit-full Communities project that recently won 3rd place in the National Lottery Awards, Environment category. The Fruit-full Communities project received over 2,000 public votes in support of their community focused work with vulnerable young people. This is an ambitious, nationwide wide, multi-partner project led by Learning Through Landscapes.
Fruit-full Communities aims to equip homeless young people with the skills and confidence needed to transform green spaces through the creation of orchards. The project serves as an introduction to horticulture and arboriculture, and raises awareness about the importance of trees both in the UK and globally. It also helps to improve health and wellbeing, whilst improving skills and self-confidence. Fruit-full Communities launched in January 2016 and targets young people aged 11-24 living in YMCA Housing Schemes, Supported Lodgings and/or attending YMCA Youth Groups. This project brings together partners from both the environmental and young people’s sectors to work together over the next three years to develop community orchards with residents – for residents and the wider community.
In North Staffordshire, the Urban orchard project was developed with YMCA. This project has been a huge success in bringing residents and communities together. “I’ve been living here for a year and a half and hadn’t met anyone until today!” said a resident at YMCA High Wycombe.
Sue Pitt, Fruit-full Communities Officer at ITF, said “I have met some wonderful young people through this project – they welcome the opportunity to do something really positive for themselves, their local communities and the planet”.
Find out more about the YMCA North Staffs Urban Orchard.
The Fruit-full Communities is a three year project that launched in 2016, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund, and is part of a new initiative called Our Bright Future. It is led by Learning through Landscapes in partnership with YMCA England, The Orchard Project and International Tree Foundation.
Review the full list of finalists in The National Lottery Awards, Environment category.