Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Chiltern Rangers

Inspiring and Enriching Communities

Chiltern Rangers

Enhancing Local Environments

Young Roots Project

Next sessions are on 30th and 31st May at Wye Dean 11.00 am till 3.00 pm – keep an eye out for further details in our website Events calendar.

1st and 2nd August: Kingsmead Park and Gibbs House 11.00 am till 3.00 pm.

Young Roots Project with Wycombe Youth Action

During 2016 we were helped by a total of 833 volunteers just on this project. We welcomed people of all ages, from small children to adults, to join in.

young roots titleThanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery fund, Thames Valley Housing, Red Kite Housing and High Wycombe Bidco, we have been able to start our unique 18 month Young Roots project in partnership with Wycombe Youth Action.

We are aiming to create a seven point Wye trail from the Wycombe Swan area to Kingsmead with the involvement of 500 young people from High Wycombe.  This will include conservation work to improve the river habitat, art installations to signpost the river, interviews with the public and older residents to draw out oral history, river investigations and photography to show off the plants and animals that live there.

Part of the project will involve cooking, music and re-greening of the town centre. The trail will include QR links to film, photography and information to inspire the public to make the most of and look after their river. Have a look at the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos below to see the massive impact we have made on the quality of the river and the surrounding area this year.

Young Roots at Edgewood Red Kite Housing 3rd and 4th April 2017

Over 40 young people and twenty adult volunteers including two visits from High Wycombe Fire Brigade attended each day led by our brilliant team of Chiltern Rangers Staff, Wycombe Youth Action Youth Workers, Dan Wilson (our local artist) and Gary and Scott from Highway Productions.

Beforehand Ranger Paul worked with the residents of Edgewood to find out how they wanted their home improved. As you can see from the photographs, we had a lot of fun and did so much to improve the habitat, both for our special ‘secret river’ and residents.

Our Young People Volunteers were amazing and we achieved so much together we:

  • Thinned trees along the river, bringing light back & creating kingfisher perches
  • A significant river clean pick with bags and bags of rubbish removed
  • The river bank cleared, gardened
  • Water marginal & pollinator plugs planted along the river, increasing diversity
  • Planted an apple avenue (all different varieties)
  • Created a wildflower and edible plant area
  • A fantastic film
  • 3 Large scale art installations with Dan Wilson’s guidance
  • 15 bird and bat boxes made, painted & put up
  • Oak Planter Built

Overall, the project has received 715 young people and 387 adult volunteer sessions worth of support already.

To see and find out more, watch our latest film on our You Tube Channel:

Young Leaders Emerging:

We are so pleased that young leaders are emerging. Several young people coming early to the conservation village to help set up and help our staff team lead the activities.

Have a browse through the photos below.

Young Roots Videos including videos of previous sessions

Watch some of the wonderful films that our Young Roots participants have been making below. Oral history interviews and a summary of Young Rootsters’ experiences are to be released soon.

Click here for the latest video:

Other Opportunities for Young People

Wycombe Youth Forum Activities:

Wycombe Youth Forum is for young people who want to get even more involved in helping lead Young Roots and other projects that will make a difference to High Wycombe’s Young people. Take a look at the Young Roots Activity Poster to see what we are getting up to and Sadia from Wycombe Youth Action always make sure we are well fed!

Young Roots Mini Projects

We are looking for young people who want to develop and use their skills in:

Social Media and Web Design:

  • Build the Young Roots web site
  • Develop our social media communication to Young People

Art and Design:

  • Design QR Code Trail plaques
  • Design the trail leaflets

Feel free to contact us via info@chilternrangers.co.uk or Sadia through sadia@wycombeyouthaction or give us a call to find out more.

As well as the main funders, we are also thankful to Wycombe District Council, Marsh and Micklefield Big Local and Rivers and Wetlands Community Days who also supported these Trail Site days.

One of the aims of the project is to get younger and older people working  and having fun together. Keep an eye out on the events page on our website for further activities.

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