Threave Nature Reserve hosts training sessions for the Better Lives Partnership
The Better Lives Partnership is a Castle Douglas-based charity that supports people with autism and other additional needs in the area.
These five sessions aim to give participants a taste of the work being done on the project, as well as a range of hands-on experiences and skills that help build confidence and a sense of well-being working on the job. outdoors in the natural environment.
The sessions are run in partnership between the National Trust for Scotland’s Team and the Galloway Glens Scheme.
The first week focused on the fencing element of the larger project, with over 32 meters of fencing removed. Week 2 was all about crafting skills, while week 3 included woodcrafting and building a den.
The following weeks are planned to include outdoor skills and bushcraft as well as helping with practical activities on the estate.
National Trust for Scotland property manager David Thompson said: ‘It was great to have BLP with us to help remove the fences, an ongoing part of the project, but something BLP participants can see immediately from results, by removing a barrier.
“It’s so positive for me and Threave to be able to include the BLP team in such rewarding work and for them to be able to have a legacy to look back on and feel part of.”
Jan Hogarth, Education and Community Engagement Manager at Galloway Glens, added: “It’s wonderful to work with such a wonderful team of young people from the Better Lives Partnership who bring their energy to help the restoration project of the Threave’s landscape to evolve and develop.
“We all enjoy learning valuable skills outdoors in nature and the sense of well-being that brings.”
Anne McEwan, Project Coordinator for Better Lives Partnership, said: “Young people love learning about the Threave Landscape Restoration Project.
“These opportunities are so important to them and we are very happy to be working with the National Trust for Scotland and the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership.”