It is a 12 week course for 16-25 year olds and runs on Wednesday and Thursdays, 10am-3.30pm.
During the course participants will learn practical horticultural and conservation skills as well as having an opportunity to work on personal goals such as confidence building, working with others and CV writing.
The sessions will be a mix of indoor at Culture Fusion and outdoor at community and wildlife settings in Bradford.
Please get in touch if you are interested and want to discuss this further, or pass this information onto anyone who you think the course would suit.
We will also aknowledge the landmark achievement at the Orchard on Friday 18th September. We have our conservation task there that day so drop in at any time between 11am and 3pm, though best bet for cake would be lunch time.
If you are planning to celebrate May Day by meeting us at Boar's Well, please be aware that we will be parking at the end of the reserve nearest the City Centre. Meet us by the gate next to the garage on Coleman Street.
The TeamWe had a very successful residential weekend 27th February to the 1st of March.
We were made welcome at Arnside Independent Hostel, but most importantly we were able to make a real difference to the woodland management at Hutton Roof Crags, working with Cumbria Wildife Trust.
Read the report here, and see pictures in the gallery. There are also some pictures on the Facebook page. Thanks to Patrick for sharing his.
The residential was subsidised by a kind donation and grant funding from Four Winds Trust. This grant is enabling us to run Wildlife Wanders sessions; getting people out of the City and into the countryside.
BEES have completed a six week Forest Skills programme with Silver Pathways from Dixons Allerton Academy at Stony Ridge Plantation. The project aims to bring young people closer to outdoor spaces in their local area by using practical skills in a woodland setting. In the six weeks the young people have learnt how to light a fire, wood carving skills, tracking animal skills, making bird boxes and den making.
Here are some of the comments from the young people at the end of the project:-
'I have learnt the three elements of fire and that there is a tree called the Silver Birch Tree which you can drink its sap and use the skin to make a fire with it. I also learnt how to build a birdhouse' 'I wish I could stay longer here in the woodland or come again sometime'. Qasim
What have you enjoyed the most? 'Tracking the deer in the snow, I got to see one too.' Ateeq.
Stony Ridge Plantation is owned by Hallmark Cards and is used as a base for outdoor education for the benefit of people around the Bradford District.
On Friday 6th Feb BEES had an exploratory work day at Bolton St James. The church, on Bolton Road, has received funding from Bradford East Area Committee’s Area Action Plan Communities funding for the Bolton and Undercliffe Ward.
BEES are supporting an active group within the church to design an area that local residents and organisations can use for food growing. We are helping make a start on some of the heavier work to reprofile the ground and install growing beds.
A report from Friday, and some pictures will appear later in the week.