Eight young people braved the wind and rain to spend a morning planting wild flowers in a playground in Brighton.
Thanks to a generous donation from The Southern Co-operative, Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Youth Rangers group based in Brighton & Hove has received funding of £2,500 to help continue their valuable practical conservation work.
Meeting every Thursday the volunteer group of 16-25 year olds help to improve their local surroundings while gaining useful conservation skills. They work on a variety of tasks in green spaces across the City from hedge planting and coppicing to wildlife gardening and surveying.
Steve Pelling, who manages The Southern Co-operative store in Western Road, Hove, joined Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Youth Rangers to help them improve the community play space in Whitehawk Way. The Youth Rangers planted wild flowers including oxeye daisies, horseshoe vetch and scabious to encourage wildlife to thrive including butterflies such as common blue and chalkhill blue.
Huw Morgan Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Youth Volunteer Co-ordinator says “The Southern Co-operative has helped to establish this group of young people who are committed to working as volunteers on conservation projects for the benefit of the local community. With their generous donation our Youth Rangers can continue learning new skills to aid their studies or future employment and at the same time improve local greenspaces for wildlife and people too.”
Gemma Lacey, Head of Sustainability at The Southern Co-operative says “We’re committed to supporting our local wildlife and countryside. The Youth Rangers project plays an important role in helping to connect young people with their natural environment. Volunteers get to make a real and practical difference while having fun and gaining valuable experience.”
If you are interested in joining Brighton Youth Rangers please visit www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/getinvolved/index.htm or call Huw Morgan on 07771 375273.