Fruit-Full Communities will work with fifty YMCA and Foyer centres over the next three years to create a community orchard in their locality.
A series of five one-day workshops will take place at each centre where young people and youth workers will learn the skills they need to design, plant and care for the trees in their orchard. They will learn about the importance of trees in protecting the environment, promoting biodiversity and ensuring sustainable global development.
How will Fruit-full Communities benefit young people?
This project will:
- improve health and wellbeing by creating green spaces on YMCA and Foyer sites
help young people to gain new skills through working outdoors in a real-life situation
- help young people to gain employment skills in low-carbon jobs that will be increasingly important in the future
- encourage young people to work alongside other members of their local community, to meet people and make new friends.
How will Fruit-full Communities benefit the environment?
By planting trees, often in urban areas, the project will:
- provide specialist habitats for a variety of plants, insects, birds and animals
- help to reduce flooding, stabilise land and contribute to reducing pollution
- improve the value of the local area
As part of the project, YMCA England and Wales will also be establishing a young persons’ environmental forum that will take a role in influencing YMCA’s environmental decisions.
How will Fruit-full Communities benefit the wider community?
This project will:
- create natural spaces that offer opportunities for relaxation for everyone in the local community
- help increase social contact and integration within local neighbourhoods
provide volunteer opportunities for local people
- make local communities stronger and more cohesive as a result of these effects.
To find out how this project will achieve its goals click here.