£1 million for Cornwall Wildlife Trust

15 March 2016, 14:11 | Updated: 15 March 2016, 14:22

£1 million from he Big Lottery Fund will help Cornwall Wildlife Fund set up the Your Shore Beach Ranger Project.

The Big Lottery Fund is investing £33 million in 31 organisations to inspire and develop the next generation of environmental leaders. 

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Your Shore Beach Rangers Project is one of these, receiving £1 million to work within Cornish coastal communities and with young people over the next five years, part of the Big Lottery Funds Our Bright Future movement.

Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today; a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people, and vulnerability to climate change. 

In Cornwall, Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Your Shore Beach Rangers Project, working in partnership with Cornwall College, will be creating and supporting a network of local marine groups around the county.

They'll be recruiting 180 Beach Rangers (local people aged 16 -24) to become active and long term members of Cornwall's Marine Conservation Group cluster. 

To achieve this the project will be running hundreds of events over the next five years, so that by 2020 we have engaged with nearly 2,500 school children, over 10,000 community members, and have successfully set up at least 12 vibrant community marine conservation groups from Bude to Penzance, Falmouth to Looe. 

Abby Crosby, Marine Conservation Officer at Cornwall Wildlife Trust says, "Our Bright Future is designed to unleash the ambition of young people across the UK to make a personal and collective contribution to making our environment brighter, happier and more resilient to threats like climate change and the waste of natural resources. And here in Cornwall we need young people to start right now, by designing their own Your Shore Beach Rangers project logo to take this project into the future". 

The Trust are calling on young people, aged 11 - 24, to take part in their competition to design the project logo. The deadline for the competition is 18th April 2016, with entries being judged via social media. 

The winners' logo will be used on all project material over the five years of the project. 

You can find out how to enter HERE