3rd February 2019

Carlisle’s Youngsters win John Muir Awards

A trio of superstars from the Carlisle Youth Zone have recently received prestigious environmental awards for their work towards improving local nature and wildlife. The three youngsters were each presented with John Muir Awards after taking part in a project run by Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Supported by staff of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust and funded by the National Lottery, the project involved 29 young people who were recruited to join in and help with the restoration of several natural wildlife areas around Carlisle, which were in desperate need of some TLC. Chris Greensmith, Ellis Fleming and Connor Tyson each received the John Muir environmental award in acknowledgement of their hard work and commitment.

Several parts of the project required them to take on new skills, including building fences, repairing a bridge and rebuilding steps and a handrail as well as some restoration work to the Gosling Sike wetland boardwalk. Tradition, practical skills were also taught to our future generation as they took on crafts such as woodworking unseasoned wood, cleft oak fence making and boot rack making. The woodlands at Wreay Woods Nature Reserve was one area which benefitted greatly from the project.

There were great improvements made to the landscape by the creation of a stunning community wildlife garden at Gosling Sike where an area was cleared and prepared ready to enable planting and finished off complete with flowerbeds. It is hoped that this new relaxing haven for insects and birds with its abundance of wild flowers and plants will encourage more people to head out and take inspiration from the natural beauty created right here on their doorstep.