Young can get crafty at wildlife trust event

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YOUNG people can try out traditional crafts at an event hosted by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

The free event takes place at the Royal Victoria Country Park at Netley Abbey on Wednesday, October 31, from 11am to 4pm.

Volunteers will be able to try their hand at activities such as metalworking, willow weaving and green woodworking.

The event forms part of the Wildlife Trust’s Pushing Down the Barriers project, aimed at getting 13 to 25-year-olds involved in practical conservation work in their local area.

The Heritage Lottery-funded project was launched two years ago and focuses on ‘Neets’ - young people who are not in education, employment or training. The trust’s two youth volunteer officers have already helped more than 1,000 young people learn new skills and do their bit for nature conservation on sites in and around Southampton and Portsmouth.

Youth volunteer officer Craig Daters said: ‘It’s an amazing thing to see when a disengaged young person comes along to one of our work sessions and gets involved in the work.’

“The skills that they learn can be very beneficial and we have had lots of young people take these new-found interests into further education.”

For more information about Pushing Down the Barriers, visit www.pushthebarriers.org.uk. The youth volunteer officers can be contacted on 07917 616 694 for the Southampton area and 07584 499 096 for the Portsmouth area.