The Footprint Trust has praised young people for coming out in strength and giving practical help on one of the Island’ most popular beauty spots. Over 30 youngsters aged 15 to 17 from Island schools gave up a day of their holiday to work at Fort Victoria Country Park. The teenagers are taking part in the much-heralded National Citizen Service Programme, led on the Island by the IW Rural Community Council.
The IW Council’s Countryside Rangers made the event possible leading to over 90 hours of voluntary work. The Footprint Trust’s GreenMobile project organised the event in partnership with the ranger service. The Trust providing tools and assisting the Rangers with supervision of the young people.
Speaking for The Footprint Trust Ray Harrington-Vail said,
“The National Citizens Service programme gives young people a real chance to try different activities, make new friends and learn new skills. These young people were a credit to themselves, their families and schools. They worked hard and had a good time. “
“The IW Council has made the activity possible by having experienced staff to supervise such activities, if there was not a ranger at Fort Victoria then this event could not have occurred…”
The young people improved pathways at the Fort, making access easier for those visiting and also assisted in helping to improve the revetments to protect habitats from erosion.
Contact The Footprint Trust on 01983 822282
IW Rural Community Council 01983 524058 Claire Tillman