This project offers central support for volunteering, formal learning and informal engagement opportunities across the whole Landscape Partnership programme. There will be a 'Get into Volunteering' programme which encourages preformed groups to come out and be a volunteer for a day.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to reconnect with your local community and meet people with similar interests. Outdoor volunteering is beneficial for mental and physical health and well-being and it also allows you to pursue new careers and hobbies. We hope all our volunteering opportunities are fun and bring fulfilment to your day, plus you feel rewarded for your hard work.
Volunteering opportunities include:
- Pendle Hill Volunteers meet every 3rd Wednesday and 1st Sunday of every month. To carry out practical conservation work ranging from woodland management to footpath maintenance and meadow creation. We work on sites in the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership area moving around the area from task to task.
- Promoted Route Volunteers help us to monitor the footpaths that we promote as good walking routes for visitors, helping us to maintain the network to a good standard
- Family Learning Assistant to help with the preparation and delivery of family events during school holidays and in the week. Hands on volunteering, with outdoor play opportunities for 0-12 year olds.
- Outdoor Learning Assistant support the Outdoor Learning Officer with educational trips, teacher training and in school and learning organisations grounds. Advocate learning from the land to local schools and educational groups.
The learning opportunities will be delivered by Outdoor Learning Officer, employed by the Ernest Cook Trust. The Ernest Cook Trust (ECT) owns over 22,000 acres of land, the majority within the South of England. They want to expand their locations and increase their reach, while inspiring young people to achieve better educational and life outcomes by learning from the land. To achieve this, ECT have become to partner with a range of organisations. Their new focus is on quality and impact of the outdoor learning sessions, reaching a wider audience, including those from disadvantage backgrounds. This is why ECT gifted PHLP the opportunity to have an Outdoor Learning officer to support the four years.
Outdoor learning is the practise of being in the natural world, while developing knowledge, skills and understanding. This can be though discovery, connection with the environment, adventure or experimentation. There will be educational visits tailored to suit school needs and flexible learning experiences, designed to enrich and enhance the national curriculum. The beneficial impacts are; enriched wellbeing and mental health; and improved academic, social and transferable skills. Offering outdoor experience will results in personal learning and self-reflection. Overall this results in a positive experience, additional understanding of our local environment, and a greater respect for nature.
There will also be a variety of informal family events for different age ranges. These aim to engage the local community with nature on their doorstep, heritage within their area and locations they can revisit in the future. The legacy is to set up events that will continue to occur after the 4 year project ends. For details about current family and learning events please visit:
Project Update - August 2020
Action for Conservation Work
The Ernest Cook Trust and PHLP Outdoor Learning Ofiicer has been working with the national young conservationist charity Action for Conservation since 2019. At the start of 2020 pupils from Ribblesdale High School and Pendle Community School joined were invited to participate in four conservation WildED workshops.
We worked with Action for Conservation to teach pupils about local environment and current environmental issues. The pupils got stuck in to developing their own environmental action project. Some pupils taught local primary school children about plastic pollution, whilst others planted wildflower seeds to help increase numbers of pollinating insects. Pendle Community pupils made their own bug hotel on school grounds, up-cycled plastic bottles into bird feeders and plant pots. All pupils were inspired to do their bit for the local environment and learn more about nature! We are currently waiting to deliver the final workshop, where all pupils will display what they have achieved.
Find out more about Action for Conservation here
Our volunteers were very busy over year 2 – getting involved with lots of different activities across the Landscape Partnership area.
From invasive species removal in the summer to woodland management in the winter, meadow restoration at the Clarion House and installing new stone waymarkers on the summit of the hill – we could not deliver the project without our wonderful volunteers! As well as practical group conservation activity, some of our volunteers get involved with our Outdoor Learning Officer and assist with family events, and other volunteers go out individually and check promoted walking routes.
Volunteers have also joined our Outdoor Learning team, in helping to deliver Little Saplings and Family events. Some volunteers have achieved university placements though attending a variety of sessions. One particular outdoor learning volunteer has since been employed with our partner organisation, Ribble Rivers Trust, we look forward to working with her in the future.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has spent their time and effort helping us maintain habitats, restore the landscape, deliver events and assist with activities. Over Year 2, we recorded nearly 200 volunteer days and welcomed 107 new volunteers!
For additional information and resources, please see our Explore Learning & Activities page.
Contact: If you, your school, education group or an informal learning group are interested in this project, please email PendleHill@ernestcooktrust.org.uk