Four young panellists travelled to Edinburgh for a night of celebration after SYPF was selected as a finalist in the Climate Conscious category.
Scotland’s Young People’s Forest (SYPF) has been recognised for its contribution to raising environmental awareness after being selected as a finalist in this year’s Scottish Charity Awards.
The annual event, hosted by SCVO, celebrates the very best of Scotland’s non-profit sector, recognising the outstanding achievements of charities across the country.
Guiding the project is a 16-strong Youth Leadership Panel of young people, making key decisions about the future of the project to ensure its accessibility, sustainability and longevity.
Panel members Josie, Dee, Finlay and Katherine attended the event to receive their finalist’s certificate, with Climate Action Strathaven walking away with the award.
SYPF is a collaboration between YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot, seeking to establish the very first forest in Scotland that is co-designed, led and governed by young people.
The initiative recently welcomed on board new project partners the Woodland Trust and Green Action Trust, and has been supported by founding partners Corra Foundation, NatureScot, Pears Foundation, Scottish Enterprise, Accenture and Wood.
RSPB Scotland has been instrumental in the latest phase of the project, helping to identify Baron’s Haugh Nature reserve in North Lanarkshire as a site for the project, working with young people involved in SYPF to develop their land management skills.