Certificates for “Go Wild” Rural Skills Training

Five Young People stand proudly with their Certificates, with Jan Hogarth to their right and David Thompson to their left

Written by BLP

June 21, 2022

The Castle Douglas team have been awarded certificates for their hard work on the Threave Landscape Restoration Project!

On Friday we were visited by Jan Hogarth of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership and David Thompson of the National Trust for Scotland and presented the young people their certificates to congratulate them on completing their “Go Wild” Rural Skills Training.
It was great to see Jan and David, and we’re very proud of our Young People!

Anne McEwan, Better Lives Partnership’s Project Coordinator, said: “It has been a great opportunity for our Young People to complete the “Go Wild” Rural Skills Training, we were delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the Threave Landscape Restoration Project and Galloway Glens, and we look forward to more partnership working in the future”

The Threave Landscape Restoration Project is an undertaking by the National Trust for Scotland that is focused on turning 81 hectares of disused land along the River Dee into a fully restored woodland-wetland ecosystem.
Through the partnership between the National Trust for Scotland and the Galloway Glens Scheme, the Better Lives Partnership’s Castle Douglas team had the opportunity to help out with the Threave Landscape Restoration Project. Their first week involved removing over 32 meters of fence line to help clear the land. Their second week focused on refining their crafting skill. And their third week revolved around woodland crafts and den building.

The Estate Manager for the National Trust for Scotland, David Thompson, had said of the sessions: “It was great to have BLP out with us helping to remove fencing, an ongoing part of the project, but something the BLP participants can see results straight away, by removing a barrier. It’s such a positive for me and Threave to be able to include the BLP team in such rewarding work and for them to be able to have a legacy to look back on and feel a part of. These guys are welcome anytime!”

Jan Hogarth, the Galloway Glens Education & Community Engagement Officer, had added: “We are delighted to be working with Better Lives and National Trust for Scotland to provide skills training at the Threave Landscape Restoration Project. What an amazing team of Young People who have been helping; open up biodiversity corridors, create a tree nursery, learn orienteering and nature based craft skills. Everyone worked brilliantly together as a really dynamic team. You were awesome.”

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