Confidence and team building with practical experience
The Princes Trust and Merseyside Fire Brigade Youth Group (Team 6) worked for two weeks at the Fruit Routes Lyndale Orchard. They built raised beds, cleared overgrown wasteland, created a Bonsai area and renovated a horsebox trailer. The results speak for themselves. This is their story.
The Princes Trust Team and Merseyside Fire and Rescue operate a 12 week youth development programme aimed at young people between the ages of 16-25. The programme has five core elements which includes a Residential Outdoor Activity Week, Planning and fundraising for their chosen project, completing the project and a presentation about their project. Upon completion they are presented with a qualification at an Awards Ceremony.
The team of young people identify a project in their local community they want to help. They visit various organisations and discuss which to choose and then they plan their project and fundraise as a team so they can do the work. We feel very privileged to have been chosen and have had the opportunity to work with such an inspirational group of young people.
They overhauled the decking area, stripped out and painted a horsebox trailer which will become a tea bar, created raised beds and created a bonsai growing area as well as clearing a fly tipped space ready for future planting. The goal was to prepare and develop the area so future groups can make use of the orchard as part of their projects.
It was a true pleasure to work with each one of them and see their confidence grow as they enthusiastically tackled each task despite some wet weather conditions. They demonstrated team work, planning skills and determination to complete each task. They worked incredibly hard and the results were not only visibly impressive, they progressed the entire project by at least six months in just under two weeks.