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Posted By: Admin, 25th February
This is your Land

New Project to Engage Young People with the Local Landscape

Magdalen Farm secures National Lottery support.

Magdalen Farm has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £43,500 for an exciting heritage project, ‘This Is Your Land’, which will take place in Somerset and Dorset. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will give 46 young people from Somerset and Wiltshire an opportunity to learn about their local landscape and help them feel more connected to their environment.

The project will enable local young people to learn new skills and visit local heritage sites to understand how the landscape has been shaped by human interaction, both in the past and in the present. 

Often the countryside is considered ‘wild’ but is actually the result of many centuries of human management. Human influence on the landscape is commonly seen as negative but the project will show how human behaviour has also enriched the natural environment. Through experiencing the natural diversity of our landscapes and understanding how they were formed, the young people will feel a closer connection to the environment. 

The young people will be from backgrounds where they will typically have had less access to nature thanks to barriers such as lack of transport. Some of those participating will be young carers, who provide essential care to a family member, and are often denied this kind of opportunity.

Working with 3 youth partners (Seeds4Success, Young Somerset and Youth Action Wiltshire) Magdalen will provide residential stays at their organic farm and give the young people the opportunity to learn a range of conservation and farming skills that help to manage our landscapes.

The young people will also be taking day trips to three important local heritage sites, the Ancient Technology Centre, Carymoor Environmental Trust and the Rodney Stoke National Nature Reserve run by Natural England. Working with heritage professionals, the young people will experience what daily life was like in the past and try a range of traditional skills such as hurdle making, charcoal making and building structures with sustainably-sourced materials.

Magdalen Chief Executive Giles Aspinall said ““We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players. This project will help young people to learn some traditional rural skills that are in decline in many places and they will help to enhance local wildlife, the landscape and their own health and wellbeing.”

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